Michael Schatzlein, 59, will end 16 years as an executive with Lutheran Health Network, Fort Wayne, Ind., effective June 4, to be the new president and CEO of St. Thomas Health Services, Nashville, according to the health network.
St. Thomas Health hires Schatzlein as CEO
Schatzlein first came to Fort Wayne in 1980 as a physician in charge of building an open-heart surgery program, Lutheran Health Network said. His executive career began in 1994 and has included roles as senior vice president of development and chief operating officer of Lutheran Health Network and CEO of two of the seven hospitals in the system, which is now owned by Community Health Systems, Nashville.
Schatzlein replaces Patrick Madden, who was president and CEO of another Ascension Health system, Sacred Heart Health System, Pensacola, Fla., and Gulf Coast/North Florida market leader when he took the helm at St. Thomas on an interim basis. Madden retired from those positions on Jan. 1, according to Ascension. Madden replaced Jim Houser, who announced his resignation in February 2009 amid heavy physician criticism of potential cost-cutting moves that were in response to the recession. Two other executives left the system the following week.
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