The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati eliminated the job of chief medical officer as part of an effort to cut spending by $40 million annually in the wake of an April court ruling that allowed three alliance hospitals to exit the system, said alliance spokeswoman Gail Myers.
Reuven Pasternak became the alliances first CMO in September 2005. He will step down July 15, according to a memo from Ken Hanover, the systems president and chief executive officer, to alliance managers, board members and doctors. In the memo, Hanover said reorganization would shift most, if not all, quality and clinical efforts previously overseen by the CMO to individual hospitals.
Restructuring will also shift emergency department management from the alliance to its remaining hospitals, a move which cut a second executive position. Dennis Mueller, the alliances emergency medicine service-line vice president, will step down Aug. 10, the memo said. Health Alliance reported income of $90.2 million off revenue of $1.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2006, the system said.
Health Alliance has appealed the April 16 ruling that cleared the pullout of 470-bed Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, 217-bed St. Luke Hospital East, Fort Thomas, Ky., and 177-bed St. Luke Hospital West, Florence, Ky. -- by Melanie Evans