Change at the top

Officials at Lake Erie Regional Health System of New York are beginning the search for a new chief executive officer.

At a meeting held on this week, the Board of Trustees made the decision to end their relationship with President and CEO Jonathan I. Lawrence, MHA, FACHE.

“The timing of this decision was a reflection of the rapidly changing face of healthcare in New York state and across the country,” said board Chair Christopher Lanski. “The urgent pressures of healthcare reform along with our current financial picture have necessitated a shift in the strategic direction of this organization.”

Board officials have also expressed their confidence in the remaining executive leadership team to face those challenges at LERHSNY facilities. Those facilities include Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving, and the various outpatient facilities of TLC Health Network.

In an announcement to employees and Medical Staff members distributed Wednesday, Lanski recognized the contributions of the team and assured that their “primary mission will remain the same – to continue providing high quality healthcare and outstanding customer service to our community.”

Although the process of solidifying a transition plan for the leadership of LERHSNY is already under way, the Board of Trustees has also scheduled a meeting for early April to discuss options related to naming a new CEO for the system. Officials at UPMC Hamot, who recently signed an affiliation agreement with LERHSNY, have also offered their leadership assistance and support through this transition.