St. Anthony Hospital in OKC lays off president

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The president of St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City is among nearly four dozen hospital employees who have been laid off.

Michael Beaver, who was named president of the hospital by SSM Health Care Oklahoma on Sept. 24, 2012, was let go two weeks ago in an “executive restructuring,” St. Anthony spokeswoman Sandra Payne told The Oklahoman ( ).

Payne said the positions of hospital president and president of the Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony’s were combined, and that Bone and Joint President Tammy Powell has been named president of both facilities.

Beaver, 43, did not return phone calls seeking comment.

The layoffs are among 586 by St. Louis-based SSM Health Care at its health facilities in Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois and Wisconsin, Payne said. SSM has approximately 30,000 employees in the four states.

She said the layoffs are the result of necessary consolidation due to “a shift of patients from the inpatient setting to the outpatient setting, reduced reimbursements from federal payers, increased bad debt and charity care, as well as the financial impacts that have come as a result of sequestration.”

Payne said the hospital can’t provide details of its exit agreement with Beaver, but that he and 45 other, mostly administrative, employees recently laid off were given a 60-day paid notice and generous severance package, she said.

Beaver filled a vacancy at St. Anthony that occurred when Joe Hodges was appointed regional president of SSM Health Care Oklahoma.

Powell was named Bone and Joint president on July 20, 2012, replacing Chad Aduddell, who left after five years in the position to become chief executive of St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock, Ark.

Powell began her career in 1988 as a registered nurse at St. Anthony and later worked at Norman Regional Hospital and as executive director of the Oklahoma Youth Center before returning to St. Anthony in 2002 and serving as vice president of behavioral medicine and chief nursing officer.

She became chief operating officer in 2008.


Information from: The Oklahoman,

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