Less than a week after abruptly losing its CEO, not-for-profit Alegent Health in Omaha, Neb., has accepted the resignations of its executive vice president, its chief medical officer and two other executives.
On Oct. 19, Alegent announced the departure of Executive Vice President Fred Hosler, whose responsibilities since joining the system in 2005 included implementing programs across all of the integrated system’s hospitals and various units. Also resigning was Mark Kestner, who came to the system in 2007 and became senior vice president and CMO last April. Hosler and Kestner are both physicians.
The system also accepted the resignations of Peg Breen, senior vice president of human resources, and Amy Protexter, senior vice president and chief marketing and communications officer.
Wayne Sensor, who worked as CEO since 2004 and also became president in April, tendered his resignation to the board Oct. 16 just weeks after medical staff at two of the system’s largest hospitals cast formal votes of no-confidence in his leadership (Oct. 19, p. 4). Richard Hachten, one of the 13-year-old system’s founders and its president until his retirement in April, was named interim president and CEO until a permanent replacement is found.
Alegent has been realigning itself this year, with plans to cut hundreds of jobs and to streamline some services at its facilities across Nebraska and in western Iowa.
Alegent is run through a joint sponsorship between Catholic Health Initiatives, Denver, and Immanuel Health Systems, Omaha, which is affiliated with the Nebraska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Fitch Ratings reported last month that Immanuel Health Systems did not meet its debt service coverage ratio for fiscal 2009 because of heavy investment losses, which prompted management to seek waivers from bondholders for the covenant breach.