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MANNING TO LEAVE METROHEALTH SYSTEM

 CLEVELAND, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The MetroHealth System today announced that Henry E. Manning, its president and chief executive officer, is leaving the System effective June 30 of this year.
 In making the announcement, Donna Kelly Rego, chairperson of the System's Board of Trustees, said the Board had determined to conduct a national search to locate a new chief executive for the System and was beginning its efforts immediately. The Board has named Ms. Rego and Board Member J. Christopher Manners as co-chairs of a committee to direct the search efforts. Among other members of the committee will be representatives of the System's medical staffs, the Case Western Reserve University Medical School and the Greater Cleveland community.
 Ms. Rego also announced that the law firm of Calfee, Halter & Griswold had completed an independent review which absolved Mr. Manning of having any personal financial interests as a motivating factor in his advocating the creation of The MetroHealth System.
 Specifically, Ms. Rego said, the review puts to rest the question whether Mr. Manning's ability to receive retirement benefits immediately from the Public Employees Retirement System under the new MetroHealth System structure, in addition to being paid regular compensation, was a motivating factor in his advocacy of the new System structure.
 "The report indicates that Mr. Manning did nothing illegal or unethical in the formation of The MetroHealth System," Ms. Rego said. "Mr. Manning has worked diligently in helping create a System that advances MetroHealth's mission."
 She continued, "However, both the Board and Henry Manning recognized that the absence of a disclosure of his public employee retirement benefits had begun to undermine his effectiveness in directing The MetroHealth System. Ultimately, neither he nor the Board wanted these issues to hamper MetroHealth's ability to operate effectively in the highly competitive and rapidly changing healthcare environment."
 Ms. Rego explained that both parties had voiced similar concerns earlier this week, concluding that a change in leadership was in the best interests of The MetroHealth System. "As a consequence, we've developed a program that assures an orderly transition in the coming months.
 "The search committee expects to be selecting a prominent national search firm within the next few weeks," she continued. "We are fortunate to have the assistance of Robert Derzon of Lewin & Associates, a nationally recognized healthcare management consulting firm, which has counseled the System for nearly ten years. We believe it is possible by later this year to have someone of the highest caliber in the chief executive's position, an executive who will enable us to fulfill the vision we have for the future.
 "In the meantime, we are fortunate that Mr. Manning will be with the System during the next four months," she said. "There are a number of key issues that we and many other hospitals must deal with."
 She pointed to Care Assurance, a joint state/federal program which finances health care for thousands of uninsured Greater Clevelanders, as one of the most important issues facing the MetroHealth System.
 "System-wide, we expect to provide about $70 million in charity care this year," Ms. Rego said. "Care Assurance could provide us with about $32 million of funding for us to continue our care to the area's most unfortunate residents. Without Care Assurance, we will certainly lose money this year."
 Manning, 57, has served as MetroHealth's chief executive for more than 23 years. During his tenure, he successfully molded MetroHealth into what is widely regarded as the best public hospital in the United States. His formation of The MetroHealth System in 1991 signified a breakthrough in hospital affiliations, as a public hospital, MetroHealth Medical Center, was effectively paired with a private healthcare facility, MetroHealth Saint Luke's Medical Center.
 Manning's accomplishments over the years have been numerous. In 1988, MetroHealth earned the prestigious Foster G. McGaw Award for Community Service from the American Hospital Association and the Baxter Foundation. The award is presented annually to a single hospital in the nation that demonstrates the most innovative and committed approach to community service.
 Through the years, Manning's and MetroHealth's commitment to community service has been successfully balanced with the business side of health care. He has guided MetroHealth through times of increasing financial pressures, and last year his leadership resulted in MetroHealth's top market share ranking for the region.
 Manning is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association and former chairman of the Ohio Hospital Association Board of Trustees. In 1986, he was presented with OHA's Delbert L. Pugh Award in recognition of his contributions to hospital planning and marketing.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Gosky of The MetroHealth System, 216-459-3699; or Stanley L. Ulchaker of Edward Howard & Co., 216-781-2400/


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