The Rev. Michael Place, who was head of government relations and training for nine-hospital Resurrection Health Care after his 2005 retirement from an influential job as head of the Catholic Health Association, was quietly let go from the Chicago-based health system in an executive restructuring. Place, 63, became senior vice president of social mission and ministerial development for the system after he unexpectedly retired as president and CEO of the CHA in February 2005. His eight-year role with the Catholic association put him in a position of national influence, placing him on Modern Healthcares 100 Most Powerful list in 2002, 2003 and 2004. A Feb. 13, 2009 memo to employees from Resurrection President and CEO Sandra Bruce said that Place and two other vice presidents have left the organization as part of a restructuring. The other two were Community Affairs Vice President Larry Narum and Executive Vice President James Hill, according to the memo, which was provided to Modern Healthcare by the system. Bruce conducted a comprehensive assessment of the entire system after
her hiring as CEO last November, resulting in numerous staff changes. It had nothing to do with (Place) it was a cost-cutting move and an elimination of some redundant services, said Resurrection spokesman Brian Crawford, who confirmed on May 8, the three had left the organization. Crawford said Place continued working for the system after Feb. 13 under a consulting contract, running the Ministerial Leadership Development Program. That work has since ceased,
and no decision has been made whether to extend Place a new employment agreement, Crawford said. Place could not be reached for comment at deadline.