The board of directors at Tri-City Medical Center placed its chief executive, Larry Anderson, on paid administrative leave and appointed an interim CEO, a hospital spokesman confirmed Friday.
The 330-bed, public hospital based in Oceanside, Calif., did not indicate the reason for the board's decision. “Larry Anderson has been placed on administrative leave. Current executive vice president and COO Casey Fatch has been named interim CEO,” Tri-City spokesman David Bennett said.
Anderson has been a polarizing figure since being appointed to lead Tri-City in 2009. Shortly after his arrival, the hospital filed a lawsuit against competing health system Scripps Health on the grounds it provided poor patient care and that it diverted patients to its facilities.