Astria Well being has seen large management adjustments since submitting for chapter in Could 2019.
Probably the most notable departure got here final fall, announced on Election Day, when former CEO John Gallagher stepped down. Gallagher cited household well being points as the rationale for his departure.
The announcement was noteworthy as Astria Well being was just some weeks from getting its reorganization plan confirmed by the U.S. Chapter Courtroom. Gallagher mentioned in November that the group’s progress with reorganization was a motive why he felt relaxed stepping down from his position.
Gallagher’s departure is one in all simply a number of management adjustments seen over the past yr. Former chief monetary officer Cary Rowan retired final yr. Daybreak O’Polka, the group’s chief communication government, additionally left the group final yr. Astria Toppenish Hospital has had a number of totally different CEOs and chief working officers within the final yr.
Brian Gibbons is now main Astria Well being as CEO. He began the position in an interim capability after Gallagher stepped down, and the board voted to make the change everlasting in late January. Gibbons retains his CEO position with Astria Sunnyside Hospital, the place he has labored since 2013. Maxwell Owens, who beforehand served as Astria Well being’s senior vp of finance, moved as much as the CFO place in August, in keeping with court docket paperwork.
Astria Well being didn’t make Gibbons or Owens obtainable for interviews for this story and refused to reply a number of questions relating to the group’s management, together with questions on Gallagher and Rowan’s consulting roles for the corporate.
Executives now Astria Well being staff
One other key change is that executives are Astria Well being staff, a shift made as a part of the chapter reorganization plan.
Beforehand Astria Well being had a contract with a third-party firm that employed Gallagher, Cowan and the group’s executives and managers. Beforehand, Astria Well being labored with HealthTech, a Tennessee agency, however by January 2018, Astria Well being had a contract with AHM, a administration firm owned by Gallagher and Cowan.
The U.S. Chapter Courtroom authorized a movement to seal compensation data for Astria Well being executives. Nevertheless, a monetary assertion exhibits that Astria Well being paid AHM a month-to-month price of $314,073 in November. That quantity dropped to $79,062 in December, reflecting the shift of executives from contract staff of AHM to staff of Astria Well being.
Astria Well being, in a written response, mentioned it anticipated “no change” with executives being employed by Astria Well being instantly.
Astria Well being nonetheless has a contract with AHM for Rowan and Gallagher, who’re nonetheless doing consulting work for the organization, in keeping with court docket paperwork. A stipulation included phrases of that work, however the court docket has sealed the phrases and they aren’t accessible to the general public.
Astria Well being board
The make-up of Astria Well being’s board of administrators and oversight of the group stays unclear.
Astria Well being doesn’t present details about its board of administrators on its web site, nor did it provide any names when requested by the Yakima Herald-Republic.
In a court docket doc from November, 4 names are on an inventory known as “Reorganized Astria Well being Administrators.” Maureen Ames Spivack, Kimberly Anne Clift, Debbie Jo Ahl and Jim Hansen are listed. None of them had been listed as a part of the board when Astria Well being filed for chapter in Could 2019.
In Could 2019, in keeping with a doc enclosed with Astria Well being’s chapter submitting, the board for Astria Well being included chairwoman Mary Ann Bliesner and trustees Dr. Derek Kieta, Ryan Maxwell and Tom Strohm. Former Astria Well being CEO John Gallagher was additionally a trustee.
Different paperwork, akin to Astria Well being’s 990 kinds, do record board members, however the newest 990 type publicly obtainable is from the 2017 tax yr.
Bliesner was not on the record just lately filed in court docket. Bliesner, as board chairwoman, was quoted in an Astria Well being information launch in January about its mortgage from MultiCare Well being System.
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