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More than rumor but less than certain is that Marty Bonick is leaving Community Health Systems (CHS), where he is Division President for the region that includes Lutheran Health Networks (LHN). Bonick came to CHS after serving as President of long-troubled Jewish Hospital in Louisville, a hospital that boasts a noble history, like that of Fort Wayne’s St. Joseph’s, of serving the inner city. As noted in an article in NFocus Louisville, Bonick was laudably involved in philanthropy:…/marty-bonick-out-as-jewish…/

We can scarcely imagine why Mr. Bonick may be leaving. It cannot have been fun to preside over reduced hiring and lowered Medicare-Compare ratings. It would be painful to deny budget requests for improvements to hospitals in Bluffton, Peru, and Kosciusko. Threatening not to renew physicians’ contracts would be distressing, as would displacing local citizens on the Board of Dupont Hospital. Perhaps enough is just enough—the ship is leaking, time to go. Perhaps.

And so, if it is true that you are leaving, Mr. Bonick, we wish you well. May the wind be at your back, may the road rise to meet your feet and may the last Division President to leave turn out the lights. It’s closin’ time.