Ronald Levy, president and chief executive officer of SSM Health Cares seven-hospital St. Louis operations, resigned. Levy, who is also a regional president and system vice president for the 14-hospital Catholic system, cited professional and personal reasons for his departure, according to a written statement from the system. The 57-year-old executives decision to step down Nov. 9 was based on his professional judgment that it was time for a leadership change, and his personal desire to embark on a new phase of his life, the statement said.
SSM Health Care named Jim Sanger, 63, to succeed Levy. Sanger is president and CEO of St. Marys Good Samaritan, which operates hospitals in Mount Vernon and Centralia, Ill., and an SSM Health Care regional president and system vice president. The system named Jerry Lefert as interim president and CEO of St. Marys Good Samaritan and a system regional president and system vice president. Lefert, 67, retired from the systems St. Marys Hospital, Madison, Wis., in 2004 and is its president emeritus. -- by Melanie Evans