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Southwest Health System Fires 3 C-Suite Execs

By Steven Porter  
   April 10, 2018

The CEO, CNO, and chief of ambulatory services were dismissed from their posts immediately.

Three members of the senior leadership team at Southwest Health System in Cortez, Colorado, were fired Friday morning for unspecified reasons, The Journal reported.

A system spokesperson told the local paper that CEO Kent Rogers, CNO Karen Pasquin, and chief ambulatory services officer Ken Boucher “were separated from the organization.”

Current directors of surgical services and medical staff will fill in for Pasquin and Boucher, while Southwest looks for an interim CEO to handle Rogers’ duties.

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The spokesperson said the decision was made as part of a “change in leadership direction,” the Journal reported.

Local radio station KSJD reported Monday that financial reasons, including troubles with Medicaid reimbursement and lackluster growth, prompted the removals.

The Associated Press reported last fall that Southwest Memorial Hospital was among hospitals across Colorado that were owed millions of dollars by the state’s Medicaid program.

Steven Porter is editor at HealthLeaders.

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