Arthur Gonzalez has been named the new CEO of Hennepin Healthcare System, Minneapolis, after his tumultuous departure from Tri-City Healthcare District in Oceanside, Calif.
Effective June 30, Gonzalez replaces Lynn Abrahamsen, who last year announced her intension to retire from the 431-bed public hospital and clinic system. Their ages were not immediately available.
Gonzalez served for 10 years as president and CEO of Tri-City until last December, when he and eight other top administrators at the San Diego County district hospital were placed on administrative leave by a newly elected board of directors. Gonzalez has since settled with the district for about $1 million and dropped a lawsuit claiming violations of public meetings laws.
In a news release, Hennepin Healthcare System said that it was interested in offering Gonzalez its top job at the time of his ousting.
“We asked the search committee to perform due diligence into the situation and to extensively evaluate his work history,” Mark Bernhardson, Hennepin Healthcare board chairman, said in a written statement. “The committee also considered other candidates, and Gonzalez again emerged as the quality leader we were looking for.”
Gonzalez previously was CEO of Schumpert Health System in Shreveport, La; St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas; and Kino Community Hospital in Tucson, Ariz. During 17 years with HCA, Gonzalez served in administrative roles at several Texas hospitals.