North Memorial Health Care, Robbinsdale, Minn., indefinitely suspended its top administrator without pay following news that he was arrested and charged with attempting to solicit a prostitute in a nearby suburb. David Cress, 60, of Bloomington, was charged with the misdemeanor crime on Sept. 1 and released that afternoon on $50 bond, after local police took him into custody in an undercover vice operation in Richfield. Cress has been president and CEO of the 416-bed Minneapolis-area hospital since 2006, and has worked at the stand-alone facility since 1982. The North Memorial Board of Trustees appointed its chairman, Loren Taylor, as interim CEO, according to a news release. Taylor has been chairman of the board since 2000, but will step down from that role. Robert Potts, the vice chairman of the board, becomes chairman. Cress has also been removed as board chairman of a new joint venture hospital, Maple Grove (Minn.) Hospital, replaced by Taylor. At deadline, Cress remained the secretary-treasurer of the Minnesota Hospital Association board of directors.
Late News: North Memorial suspends administrator after arrest
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