Janice James, a 30-year health care veteran recommended by a consulting firm retained by Jewish Hospital/St. Mary’s HealthCare, will begin working as a transitional CEO later this week.
She’ll spend some time with Bob Shircliff, who resigned suddenly earlier this month. Shircliff, when he announced his intention to retire, said he would be staying on as long as needed, but word is that he won’t be around for very long.
A committee will begin a search for a permanent CEO immediately. Jewish personnel were notified by a memo from Board Chair LouAnn Atlas.
James, recommended by Chicago-based Wellspring Partners, is known for her expertise in management and finance. Expect some immediate changes to be instituted by James, including staff cuts and other cost-saving measures. Consultants are almost always brought in to do the necessary, but often painful, dirty work that corporations must do.