Retirements, layoffs from Children's Hospital | Arkansas Blog

Monday, January 20, 2014

Retirements, layoffs from Children's Hospital

Posted By on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Arkansas Children’s Hospital has announced to staff the retirement of three top officers — positions that the hospital will not fill — and the elimination of two positions now filled.

President and CEO Marcy Doderer announced the hospital “restructuring” in an email Jan. 15 to all employees of ACH and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, which is the employer of Children’s medical staff. Retiring are Tom Bonner, senior vice president for public affairs; Jeannette Perdue, vice president of operations; and Scott Gordon, executive vice president. Vice president for patient care services Sandy Taylor and vice president for medical administration, safety and improvement Debby Keene have lost their jobs through the elimination of their positions.

In response to questions from the Times about whether there were other layoffs and whether ACH had financial reasons for the changes, spokesman Dan McFadden provided this statement, reprinted here verbatim:

“President and CEO Marcy Doderer just passed her six-month anniversary here at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. As with any organization under new leadership, some organizational restructuring is to be expected. There are no layoffs, just five positions that are being eliminated three from retirement options, and several reporting relationships have been realigned to best meet the needs to serve our patients and families.” 

Seems to me that when two people lose their jobs because their positions have been eliminated they’ve been laid off. McFadden did not reply to that observation, saying the hospital would have no further comment. (Children’s receives more than $1 million in taxpayer dollars from the state and county, but apparently feels no obligation to the public to share the reasons for its restructuring, though they could shed light on circumstances beyond the hospital's control relating to public policy.)

The hospital also eliminated another position by combining the chief quality officer and chief medical officer jobs. Dr. Jay Deshpande, chief quality officer, will now also be chief medical officer. The former medical officer, Dr. Robert Morrow, has left ACH to become executive vice president and chief clinical officer at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, the Dallas hospital announced last week.

Doderer also announced the creation of a new position, chief strategy officer “to lead the strategic planning and business development functions for ACH.” The hospital will recruit for the position soon.





Tags:


Favorite

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

More by Leslie Newell Peacock

  • Wednesday To-Do: Reception, book-signing for Higgins Bond

    Hearne Fine Art, 1001 Wright Ave., will host a reception and book-signing at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Apri 24, with book illustrator Higgins Bond, a Little Rock native who has the distinction of being the first African-American woman to illustrate a U.S. Postal Service Stamp.
    • Apr 23, 2019
  • 'Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea' at the Clinton Center

    A walk along the Oregon shore, where trash was washing in, inspired the creation of sculpture made entirely of garbage from oceans and waterways.
    • Apr 22, 2019
  • Sweet: Cocoa Belle gets Food Network nod

    Carmen Portillo of Cocoa Belle Chocolates is forbidden by the Food Network to say what Sunday's episode of "Bake You Rich" will say about the Byrant chocolatier. But what we do know is that the show is a competition to be chosen by Buddy Valastro of Carlo's Bakery in New York to sell the winner's product.
    • Apr 22, 2019
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Little Rock school activists announce events for 60th anniversary of Central High crisis

    The group is not affiliated with the official "Reflections of Progress" commemoration of the 60th anniversary. However, at least two of the Little Rock Nine may be joining the group for an event at 2:30 p.m. at the state Capitol in the Old Supreme Court Chamber.
    • Sep 14, 2017
  • Trump tariffs hit farmers hard

    Well, the trade war has begun and the early returns for farmers are not good — sharp reductions in the prices for soybeans and corn. You may have heard that Arkansas, which overwhelmingly supported Donald Trump, has some agricultural interests, particularly in soybeans.
    • Jul 6, 2018
  • Arkansas legislature rejects bipartisan effort to study race relations

    On Friday, the Arkansas Legislative Council soundly rejected a bipartisan effort by two senators to to create a temporary legislative subcommittee to study race relations in the state.
    • Sep 15, 2017

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2019 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation