Saint John Hospital officials confirmed Wednesday that the facility's top executive officer has stepped down.
Saint John spokesperson Libby Knox said an official announcement on leadership changes at the 118-year-old medical center in Leavenworth was pending, but she did confirm Dan Sheehan's departure, effective Friday.
“That is correct,” she said. “He is no longer with Saint John.”
Sheehan had been the chief administrative officer for the hospital since November 2009, having previously served as the chief executive officer at Research Belton Hospital in Belton, Mo., among other positions.
Earlier this year, Saint John and its companion hospital, Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., were sold by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System to the privately held Prime Healthcare Services of Ontario, Calif. The deal was finalized April 1 after a review of sale terms by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.
Knox said that transition was part of the reason for Sheehan's departure.
“The owner has made some steps to realign the hospitals,” she said.
Those steps also included the promotion of clinical education manager Jodi Fincher, a Leavenworth resident and employee of Saint John since 1988, to the position of chief nursing officer, effective immediately. In that role, Knox said Fincher will be the top executive at Saint John. Naming Fincher to oversee day-to-day operations at the facility reflects Prime's management philosophy, Knox said.
“The emphasis on clinical leadership is a priority for Prime and for Saint John and Providence," she said.
Randy Nyp, who served as the chief executive officer for Providence and Saint John before the sale to Prime, will remain in his position, Knox said.
Since January, Sheehan has also served as the chairman of the Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber's President, Jennifer Daly, said there had been no discussions thus far on Sheehan's continuing in that role.