The president of the Cook County (Ill.) Board of Commissioners has fired the administrator of its 119-bed Provident Hospital, part of the Cook County Bureau of Health Services. Board President Todd Stroger terminated Provident Chief Operating Officer John Fairman, who had headed the financially troubled inner-city hospital since July 2005. Strogers actions are part of a countywide budget-cutting plan that trimmed county-operated healthcare services and clinics and terminated healthcare managerial staff at Cook County Jail. In a terse one-paragraph statement, Stroger cited a need for new leadership as the reason for the termination. Fairmans termination was effective Friday.
Fairman previously was fired from public health systems in Denver and Washington. The Public Benefit Corp. in Washington terminated Fairman in 2000 after the public hospital system reported more than $100 million in deficits in a three-year period. In 1990, the Denver Health and Hospitals Department fired him for allegedly mishandling finances, including allegations of diverting funds for personal use.
Stroger also named Cook County Chief Financial Officer Thomas Glaser as chief operating officer for the Cook County Bureau of Health Services. In a news release, Stroger lauded Glasers outstanding professional reputation and solid financial background, combined with his tremendous commitment and experience in serving the people of this county.
Fairman could not be reached for comment at deadline. -- by Mark Taylor