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Stunned silence.

That’s the general reaction from the Lutheran Health Network community to news that CEO Brian Bauer was booted from his position as head of the network and CEO of Lutheran Hospital.

About a dozen people who previously spoke publicly about their concerns regarding parent company Community Health Systems either declined to speak to The Journal Gazette on Tuesday afternoon or didn’t return messages.

Although rumors have circulated that some doctors were fired Tuesday from the local network’s physician practice, no one would comment, including CHS spokeswoman Tomi Galin.

But Galin did confirm that three members of Dupont Hospital’s board of directors were replaced Tuesday.

Bauer, Paul Moss and former Dupont CEO Aaron Garofola are out. They were replaced by Marty Bonick, Mike Poore and Brad Cash, she said in an email. Poore was elected chairman.

As previously reported, Garofola resigned from his local post Monday and accepted a lateral career move within CHS. Neither Bauer nor Garofola could be reached for comment.

Franklin, Tennessee-based CHS has promised to invest $500 million in Lutheran Health Network over the next five or six years despite struggling with significant financial challenges, including a loss of $1.6 billion, or $15.54 a share, for last year.

Numerous people associated with Lutheran’s network have scoffed at the promise. Chuck Surack, founder of Sweetwater Sound and a Lutheran board member for about 10 years, said Monday evening that he’ll believe the investment when he sees it.

Read more here: The Journal Gazette