SSM Health Cares six-hospital St. Louis operations cut roughly 75 executive and management jobs in an ongoing restructuring. Right now our hospitals compete with one another and largely do things differently, James Sanger, president and chief executive officer of SSM Health Care-St. Louis, said to employees in a memo. Under this new structure, leaders from across our organization will work closely with staff to identify the best elements from each of our hospitals, then use those best practices to create more consistent, highly effective processes at each hospital.
Earlier this year, SSM Health Care-St Louis organized its operations into two geographic regions and named Mike Graue and Steven Johnson as executive vice president of the south and north regions, respectively. Pat Komoroski, president of 129-bed SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, Lake St. Louis, Mo., was named to succeed Johnson as president of 460-bed SSM DePaul Health Center, Bridgeton, Mo., beginning July 7.
The restructuring eliminated top-level positions at the systems six hospitals, including chief operating officer and vice presidents, the memo said. The St. Louis-based SSM system also centralized its pharmacy, laboratories, supply chain, contracting and major service lines, such as cardiology and oncology. Separately, the regional system said it cut 45 jobs at SSM St. Marys Health Center, St. Louis, because of the 293-bed hospitals changing services and declining revenue. (For more on job cuts in the healthcare industry, please see the Modern Healthcare cover story that appeared June 2, 2008, A little off the top.) -- by Melanie Evans