Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group CEO Dr. Loren Meyer and Senior Vice President Robert De Vita have been transferred out of Wheaton's "South Region," according to Wheaton Spokesperson Anne Ballentine.
Wheaton Franciscan All Saints CEO Ken Buser will take over leadership of Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group in Racine, Ballentine said.
The decision was announced Wednesday night.
A group of 50 dissident doctors considering a split from Wheaton demanded Meyer and De Vita be removed. Billing problems, low morale among employees and general mismanagement built the groundswell for Meyer's and De Vita's removal, doctors said.
"They ran things into the ground," one doctor said. "We basically told them last week if they had any chance of keeping us, then Loren Meyer has to go."
Here's the memo from Wheaton President and CEO John Oliverio announcing the changes:
At last week’s physician meeting in Racine, I listened intently to a number of concerns and made a commitment to work to resolve the issues that were identified. As a first step, I charged Ken Buser with working with the doctors to propose an appropriate leadership structure moving forward. Some of you are aware that Ken met with an informal group of physicians last night and made good progress in beginning to address concerns.
As a result of feedback from that and a number of other discussions, it has become clear that one of the primary concerns is the need for more consistent operational leadership for the medical group on the ground in Racine. Therefore, I have asked Ken to now oversee medical group operations in Racine in addition to his leadership of the All Saints hospital campuses.
As part of this leadership change, Carrie Duda, Vice President of Operations for WFMG in Racine, will now report to Ken. The initial phase of this transition plan is effective immediately and other changes will be forthcoming as details are developed. Dr. Loren Meyer and Bob De Vita will now focus their leadership primarily on the continued development of the north and central medical group operations in Southeast Wisconsin.
I am confident this change will be a positive step in rebuilding our relationship with physicians in Racine. As we work through these challenges, I know we are all committed to the common goal of providing the very best care possible for our patients in service to the community. And for WFMG physicians and associates in both Milwaukee and Racine, thank you for your ongoing dedication to our Mission. We value all of you and appreciate the work you do with patients and family members every day.