Bay Medical Center‐Sacred Heart is looking for a new CEO.
Steve Johnson, CEO of Bay Medical since 2001, says he would like to pursue other opportunities that will allow him to spend more time with his family.
“I feel that the hospital is well positioned for the future and has an outstanding management team in place,” said Johnson. “So, I believe now is the right time for me to move on to my next opportunity and for the organization to move on to the next chapter of leadership.”
Johnson is credited with helping make the hospital make great strides over the past decade, including:
• completion of the West Tower with an expanded emergency department, new surgical suites, new cardiac catheterization labs and a new cardiac intensive care unit
• addition of the new patient tower with 144 new private rooms and new intensive care units
• designation as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for five consecutive years
• designation of Level II Trauma status for Bay Medical’s emergency department
• recruitment of dozens of physicians representing numerous medical specialties
But his tenure has also endured its share of struggles. The biggest of those, financial. In April, Bay Medical entered into the partnership with Sacred Heart because the hospital was in massive debt. Two months ago, the hospital laid off 27 people, most of those in construction, and closed its onsite child care facility.
“We are deeply saddened by his decision," said Board of Trustees Chairman Scott Clemons. "but respect his desire to make a career change and to spend more time with his family.”
Bay Medical‐Sacred Heart says it will begin a national search for a new CEO immediately.