Grady fires its CEO and hires a legislator with zero experience to run the hospital.
The Grady hospital board ousted Grady chief executive Otis Story Monday night, effective immediately, and his position will be filled temporarily by the board’s chairwoman, state Rep. Pam Stephenson.
Stephenson took over Tuesday and immediately met with staff.
The decision to fire Story apparently was made in a late meeting Monday. It followed the Grady board’s vote to approve a long discussed plan to transfer daily management of the hospital to a nonprofit corporation.
Story is leaving after less than a year in the post, marking another speedy departure of a Grady CEO trying to turn around the financially imperiled medical system. Stephenson is the fifth CEO of Grady since 2005.
Story’s relationship with the board has been troubled for months.
“The board decided to change its administration,” said Stephenson. “The board members asked me to serve and I agreed.”
Stephenson said she will give up her law practice to become a full-time executive for Grady and to continue to represent parts of DeKalb and Rockdale counties in the General Assembly.
Stephenson has a master’s degree in health planning. She served five years as executive director of the Georgia State Health Planning Agency, where she was responsible for regulatory oversight of all hospitals in the state.
I wonder if Vincent Fort cooked up this deal.