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Johansen resigns, Dooley named interim hospital administrator

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

St. Vincent Health has announced that Jerry Dooley will be interim administrator of St. Vincent Clay Hospital, effective today. In a surprise move, hospital administrator Richard Johansen resigned Tuesday.

When reached at home this morning, Johansen declined to comment on his reasons for leaving the Brazil hospital.

"We have plans to stay in this area," he said, but declined to say what those plans are. "My family and I are OK."

Johansen was named hospital administrator at St. Vincent Clay 2 1/2 years ago and the family made their home in Brazil.

When asked about the change in administration, hospital spokesman Jerry Laue said, "The hospital is moving in a positive direction and we want that to continue."

A resident of Terre Haute, Dooley most recently was chief executive officer of Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

Dooley had also served as associate administrator of that hospital. He also served in leadership roles at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon, Ill., and Vermillion County Hospital in Clinton, Ind.

"I am confident Jerry will continue the legacy of excellent leadership at St. Vincent Clay while focusing on our ministry's commitment to extraordinary patient care," said James P. Houser, Chief Operations Officer for St. Vincent Health. "We are fortunate to have someone of Jerry's caliber join our health ministry."

Before moving into management, Dooley was the executive director of West Central Indiana Economic Development District in Terre Haute.

Dooley is a graduate of Indiana State University, where he received bachelor's and master's degrees in economics. He earned a Master of Health administration degree from the University of Minnesota in 1984.

Houser said St. Vincent Health will work cooperatively with the board of trustees of St. Vincent Clay to initiate immediately a search for a permanent administrator.

St. Vincent Clay Hospital has served Clay County residents since 1928. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and was designed as a Critical Access Hospital in 2001. This federal designation provides hospitals with special cost-based reimbursement, helping ensure that residents in a smaller rural communities have access to high-quality physician and hospital services 24 hours a day.

The hospital supports the medical needs of the community with a 24-hour physician staffed emergency department. Inpatient and ambulatory services include surgery, radiology, cardiology, pulmonology, laboratory, physical and occupational therapy. Medical specialties available at the facility include general surgery, orthopedics, cardiology oncology, pulmonology, gastroenterology and podiatry.

St. Vincent Clay is a member of St. Vincent Health, a nonprofit, spiritually centered healthcare system sponsored by Ascension Health. St. Vincent Health is dedicated to the mission of improving the lives and health status of residents of Indiana through the provision of a continuum of holistic and high-quality healthcare services. St. Vincent Health is comprised of 16 ministries throughout central Indiana.

Times Editor Frank Phillips contributed to this report.

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