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THE METROHEALTH SYSTEM ANNOUNCES NEW ORGANIZATION PLAN

 THE METROHEALTH SYSTEM ANNOUNCES NEW ORGANIZATION PLAN
 CLEVELAND, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry E. Manning, president and


chief executive officer of The MetroHealth System, today announced a reorganization plan and new executive management structure for The MetroHealth System. The restructuring results from Saint Luke's Hospital (now MetroHealth Saint Luke's Medical Center) joining MetroHealth.
 "The stated goal of the partnership that united the two health care facilities, and of this reorganization, is the development of a coordinated, reliable system for delivery of medical care that is accessible and convenient to Northeast Ohio consumers and cost-beneficial to insurers and payers," said Manning.
 "This new structure will allow senior staff to focus on strategic opportunities, while retaining strong management capacity at the institutional levels to ensure the system continues to provide cost-effective, quality health care services."
 Effective Jan. 1, 1992, the new senior management team of The MetroHealth System will be headed by Henry E. Manning. Other members will be Kevin J. Sexton, executive vice president and chief operating officer; John F. Gillespie, Jr., senior vice president for strategic programs; M. Ann Harsh, senior vice president and chief financial officer; Thomas A. Helmrath, M.D., senior vice president for medical affairs, and P. David Youngdahl, senior vice president for corporate affairs.
 The overall system will be managed by The MetroHealth System board of trustees. The MetroHealth Saint Luke's Medical Center board of trustees will remain in existence to provide overall direction for that institition, in accordance with the merger agreement executed in September. This board will retain authority to approve the selection of the new MetroHealth Saint Luke's president.
 In keeping with the overall intent of retaining strong management at the individual institutions, presidents will be appointed at both MetroHealth Medical Center and MetroHealth Saint Luke's Medical Center.
 The MetroHealth System will fill the position of president at both institutions with interim appointments: Cathie B. Cline at MetroHealth Medical Center and William G. West at MetroHealth Saint Luke's Medical Centeh?ese positions will report to the system through the executive vice president and chief operating officer.
 The firm of Kiefer, Ford & Hadelman, Ltd. of Oak Brook, Ill., has been engaged to conduct a search for candidates for the permanent posts. The search will include inside candidates.
 Henry E. Manning, as head of the enlarged hospital system, will have overall responsibility for The MetroHealth System, and will report to the system board of trustees.
 Manning has been president and chief executive officer of The MetroHealth System since 1970. Before then, he was deputy commissioner of the New York City Department of Hospitals and administrator at Cumberland Hospital in New York. Long active in the American Hospital Association, Manning was elected to a three-year term on its board of trustees in 1990. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Greater Cleveland Hospital Association and immediate past chairman of the board of trustees of the Ohio Hospital Association, which honored him for his contributions to health care planning and marketing.
 Manning holds a master's degree in hospital administration from Columbia University. He maintains several academic appointments in health care administration.
 Kevin J. Sexton, executive vice president and chief operating officer, will be responsible for the overall operation of the system, which includes the development and oversight of the system's annual revenue and expense budgets and operating plans, quality management programs and implementation of new programs designed to support MetroHealth's overall mission. Sexton has been executive vice president and chief operating officer of The MetroHealth System since 1988. Prior to that, he served as MetroHealth's senior vice president for strategic planning.
 Sexton received a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University. From 1977 to 1982, he held senior positions in the Federal Health Care Financing Administration, including director of its Office of Management and Budget.
 John F. Gillespie, Jr., senior vice president for strategic programs, will be responsible for the development and management of the system's overall strategic and business planning process, generation and implementation of marketing and planning information and research programs, commercial development, and facilities planning for the system. Gillespie has been senior vice president for strategic planning and marketing at MetroHealth since 1990. He also served five years as vice president of marketing and external affairs.
 Gillespie has extensive experience in both public and private health care organizations. He has served in senior positions in Washington D.C., in the Bureau of Health Planning and the Health Care Financing Administration, both contained within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to joining MetroHealth in 1985, Gillespie served as vice president of central operations for Whitaker International Services Company and executive vice president of the Center for Preventive and Stress Medicine, a component of Saint Luke's Hospital System in Phoenix, Ariz.
 Gillespie earned a master's degree in hospital administration from George Washington University.
 M. Ann Harsh, senior vice president and chief financial officer, will be responsible for the development and oversight of the system's financial policies, cash management, investments and strategies for continued equity and capital formation. Harsh came to MetroHealth in that capacity in 1990. Prior to her arrival, she spent 17 years at the accounting firm of Ernst & Young in Cleveland. A senior financial executive there, she gained extensive knowledge of the health care industry. For six years, she was a lead partner in Ernst & Young's health care practice.
 Harsh is a certified public accountant and holds a degree in accounting from Case Western Reserve University.
 Thomas A. Helmrath, M.D., senior vice president for medical affairs, will chair a joint medical staff planning board representing the two institutions. He will remain responsible for the development of the system's medical staff and will provide overall direction for medical academics and clinical research. Helmrath has served in that capacity since he came to MetroHealth last February from Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. In addition to his duties with the hospital system, he serves as an associate dean of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
 Helmrath's background includes service as vice chancellor for health affairs for the Ohio Board of Regents and associate dean for clinical services at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He has held many academic positions. He received his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine and a master's degree in management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
 P. David Youngdahl, in the newly created position of senior vice president for corporate affairs, will be responsible for the assessment of opportunities for the hospital system to enhance its ability to meet its mission through the development of additional cooperative arrangements with physicians and other medical institutions in the region. Youngdahl will maintain the title of president of the Saint Luke's Hospital Association, the organization that will continue to manage the endowment funds for the benefit of MetroHealth Saint Luke's Medical Center. In addition, Youngdahl will manage the overall system's capital development efforts. Youngdahl is president and chief executive officer of MetroHealth Saint Luke's Medical Center and will remain in that position until Jan. 1, 1992.
 Youngdahl has served with Fairfax Hopsital Association in Springfield, Va., where he rose to executive vice president. He has been administrator of Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, Md., and assistant to the director of James A. Hamilton Associates, hospital consultants in Minneapolis. Youngdahl received a master of hospital administration degree from the University of Minnesota.
 Cathie B. Cline, as interim president of MetroHealth Medical Center, will have overall management responsiblity for the operations of MetroHealth Medical Center. Cline is currently vice president for inpatient and hospital-based services for MetroHealth Medical Center.
 Cline began her career as a staff nurse at The Ohio State University hospitals in Columbus. She held a variety of nursing posts, and had been promoted to director of critical care nursing when she came in 1981 to the Cuyahoga County Hospital Systems, as The MetroHealth System was formerly known.
 With MetroHealth, she has held a series of progressively more responsible management positions relating to clinical services.
 Cline received a master of health administration degree from Ohio State University.
 William G. West, as interim president of MetroHealth Saint Luke's Medical Center, will have overall management responsibility for hospital operations. West has served since 1986 as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Saint Luke's.
 West joined Saint Luke's as senior vice president of legal affairs. He is a former vice president of legal affairs at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He has been vice president and general counsel for the former Cuyahoga County Hospital System.
 West earned his law degree at Case Western Reserve University. He spent eight years as an attorney with the firm of Arter & Hadden.
 Saint Luke's entry into The MetroHealth System was approved by both boards of trustees last June, and the affiliation became official in September. With the addition of Saint Luke's, The MetroHealth System has more than 1,500 beds and 8,000 employees, ranking it as the eighth- largest employer in Cleveland and the largest health care provider in Northeast Ohio.
 MetroHealth Medical Center, a major teaching and research facility, has been affiliated with the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine for more than 75 years. MetroHealth Saint Luke's Medical Center is also a teaching facility associated with CWRU.
 The MetroHealth System is composed of MetroHealth Medical Center, MetroHealth Saint Luke's Medical Center, MetroHealth Center for Rehabilitation, MetroHealth Hospital for Women, MetroHealth Center for Skilled Nursing Care and MetroHealth Clement Center for Family Care. Metro Life Flight, based at the medical center, is the country's second-busiest emergency air transport system, serving Ohio, neighboring states and Canada. The system also operates an emergency-care facility in Solon, Ohio, and major medical office buildings in Cleveland, Solon, Shaker Heights and Beachwood, Ohio.
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