Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Head Finally Rolls at Fairview

And not a  minute too soon

(Ask not for whom the head rolls...)


Breaking news from the Star-Tribune, more certain to follow:

Mark Eustis was instrumental in hiring a controversial consulting firm that has been under fire for its aggressive bill-collecting practices. At an unusual meeting Wednesday night, Fairview's board voted not to renew Eustis' contract. 
Eustis, 59, has been under fire since a report last month by Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson about debt collectors hounding patients for money in emergency rooms and other hospital wards, including patient bedsides.
Eustis, president of Fairview since 2007, was instrumental in hiring a consulting firm, Accretive Health, that Swanson blamed for the heavy-handed tactics.
The unusual meeting was closed to Fairview executives, including Eustis. The board chairman, Chuck Mooty, declined to comment as he emerged from the meeting around 10:30 p.m.
There has been no public announcement from Fairview. But a brief memo circulating Thursday morning inside Fairview headquarters said Eustis would retire, without elaborating.
Fairview is one of the state's largest health care providers, with dozens of clinics and seven hospitals, including the University of Minnesota Medical Center.

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