Officials from Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System have ousted the two top administrators at St. John's Health Center, Santa Monica, Calif.
Eight-hospital SCL also has reorganized St. John's local board, jettisoning 15 of its 17 members and replacing three with SCL officials.
"In light of the challenging healthcare environment and an increasingly competitive landscape in southern California, SCL Health System has concluded that certain leadership changes at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica are in the best interests of the organization and the local community," read an SCL internal memo circulated Nov. 29 and provided to Modern Healthcare by SCL.
Lou Lazatin, the president and CEO of 233-bed St. John's, and Eleanor Ramirez, the hospital's executive VP and COO, both are no longer with the hospital, the memo confirmed. Lazatin is also a board member of the California Hospital Association and served as president and CEO of St. John's foundation. The foundation's board won't be affected by any of the changes, according to the memo. SCL officials' future plans for St. John's include keeping the hospital a Catholic ministry while aligning with other local providers to form an accountable care network, according to the memo.