St. Vincent Hospital (SVH) CEO Roger Oberg tendered his resignation to the SVH Board of Directors on July 26, 2012. In his letter of resignation, Oberg sites health challenges related to altitude as his reason for resigning from his position.
Oberg’s resignation comes after 16 months on the job. He was officially hired on as CEO of St. Vincent Hospital District by Quorum Health Resources, the company contracted by SVH for management services.
In his letter, Oberg stated that “Out of professional courtesy and respect for the Board of Directors, co-workers and Quorum Health Resources, I will stay, if the Board of Directors so desires, until the next permanent CEO is hired – thus attempting to avoiding putting St. Vincent Hospital through another interim CEO engagement.”
Oberg did, however, add that regardless of the outcome of the search for a new CEO, that his last day on the job will be no later than September 26, 2012.
Oberg has held the top post at the hospital for 16 months. He officially took over March 23, 2011, coming to Leadville from Brookings, South Dakota where he was CEO at Brookings Health System.
“Roger has been an asset to the hospital during a rather challenging time in our history,” said SVH Board Chair Nancy Boeve. “We appreciate his contributions to our strategic planning process and for being a stabilizing force as the healthcare industry has gone through dynamic changes.”
In addition to overseeing an internal/external assessment and long range strategic planning process for the hospital, Oberg helped negotiate new contracts with all physician providers, reinstate MRI service at the hospital and begin implementation of an electronic health records program. Oberg also oversaw the sale of the Buena Vista Family Practice Clinic which allowed the hospital to focus on St. Vincent and delivering services within the Lake County hospital district.
Dr. Teresa Loftin’s last day at St. Vincent Hospital will be August 16. This is the date that Dr. Loftin’s contract with St. Vincent Hospital ends and she has decided not to renew that agreement.
Dr. Loftin’s decision was presented to the Board of Directors via email by outgoing hospital CEO Roger Oberg, who received the physician’s decision in an email last week, according to Hospital Board Member Clay Stewart.
Dr. Loftin was officially hired in August 2011, transferring from her Family Practice in Tahlequah, OK. Several months ago, the hospital board considered Dr. Loftin’s interest in relocating her practice to the former 10k Sports Medicine building on Harrison Ave. However, that space was eventually acquired by Dr. Curtis Slack as a new location for Leadville Dental Associates.
Dr. Teresa Loftin is a physician who specializes in general practice and family medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
In other health systems news, Mike Mullins has been hired as the new Regional Vice President for Quorum Health Resources (QHR), the company contracted by St. Vincent Hospital for management services. Mullins will oversee St. Vincent Hospital’s CEO, as well as approximately 12 other facilities in the region managed by Quorum. In his new position, Mullins will also to assist in the search for
a new chief executive.
“Our goal is to provide a seamless transition of leadership during the search process, giving the Board time to find the right candidate for the permanent position,” stated Mullins.
Mullins has more than 24 years of health care management experience having served as CEO of Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw, Ind., as well as CEO for two Quorum Health Resources (QHR) hospitals. Prior to joining QHR in 1995, he served as CEO for two Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) facilities and also worked for Baptist Hospitals in San Antonio, Texas. Mullins recently returned as a Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserves with service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
St. Vincent Hospital Board Member Clay Stewart said of Mullins: “I’m impressed with him. He’s got 30 years of small hospital experience and 15 years managing CEOs of small hospitals. I think he’ll help us a lot.”
Mullins received his undergraduate degree from The University of Texas-El Paso and a master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio. He is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives.