After 15 years, Patrick Madden is stepping down as president and CEO of Sacred Heart Health System, Pensacola, Fla., transitioning into an interim corporate role with system owner Ascension Health and then into retirement.
Madden leaving CEO post at Fla. system
Madden, 65, will be replaced at Sacred Heart on Jan. 1 by Laura Kaiser, who joined the regional Florida system in 2008 as chief operating officer and since early this year has worked as interim CEO. Kaiser, whose age was not provided, added the interim role after Madden was tapped for a regional role by St. Louis-based Ascension.
Madden in recent years has served as market leader of 75-hospital Ascension's Gulf Coast/North Florida ministry, a role that Kaiser will take on Jan. 1 on an interim basis. Since February, Madden has also served as interim leader of the ministries in Birmingham, Ala., and Nashville, including working as interim CEO of St. Thomas Health Services in Nashville. He will retain the interim CEO job at St. Thomas until a permanent replacement is found.
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