Mark Slyter has abruptly stepped down as CEO of Baton Rouge (La.) General after a three-year tenure that saw the health system negotiate an impending affiliation with Ochsner Health System and repurpose a downtown hospital for a post-acute campus.
Slyter joined a national conversation on race relations last month when Baton Rouge General treated one of the three local police officers wounded in an ambush that killed three other officers.
In a statement, Baton Rouge General Board Chairman Joe Juban thanked Slyter for his service and announced that he has been replaced on an interim basis by Chief Operating Officer Edgardo Tenreiro.
The health system declined to give details of Slyter’s departure.
Ochsner CEO Warner Thomas said that consolidation talks with Baton Rouge General would proceed.
The deal with not-for-profit Ochsner, Louisiana’s largest hospital system, involves integrating four Ochsner hospitals in the Baton Rouge area with Baton Rouge General to create a joint entity that would also operate 31 clinics.