The president of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Robert Kelly, quietly stepped down Thursday from his post. The $4.6 billion hospital removed Kelly's biography and his name from its website, where it once appeared prominently among the executive leadership team.
The move was sudden, and immediately sparked talk of the circumstances surrounding his departure. Executives at New York-Presbyterian's rivals heard that Kelly left "suddenly."
A hospital spokeswoman said Kelly resigned "for personal reasons."
As recently as Aug. 25, Kelly participated in a public ceremony marking a donor reception for a new Rapid Medical Evaluation Center at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.
Kelly, an anesthesiologist who earned about $2.7 million, served as president for four years. In June 2011, the system announced it named Dr. Steven J. Corwin as its the new chief executive, succeeding Dr. Herbert Pardes, who was retiring at the time as head of the hospital. Kelly was named the hospital's president, reporting to Corwin.
There has been speculation that Kelly may be succeeded by Dr. Laura Forese, 53, who holds the title of president of the New-York Presbyterian Healthcare System as well as group senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Weill Cornell campuses of New-York Presbyterian Hospital, known as New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. The New York-Presbyterian system has $1.1 billion in revenue and more than 6,000 employees.
According to his biography, Kelly was group senior vice president at New York-Presbyterian when he was promoted to president. He joined the management team of New York Hospital, a predecessor to New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell, in 1995.
New York-Presbyterian reported operating income of $107.1 million in the first half of 2015, up 6.9% from the prior-year period, according to recent unaudited financial statements. The hospital's total operating expenses were $2.2 billion in the first six months of the year. The hospital ended 2014 with a $365.5 million profit, up $9.1 million from 2013. Total operating revenue was $4.6 billion last year, and its operating income was $220 million.