St. John’s Health is seeing some shakeups.
The same day the hospital’s board of trustees appointed Debby Hopkins to an open seat on the board, CEO Dr. Paul Beaupre announced that he would be leaving the hospital.
In an email Monday to supporters of St. John’s Health Foundation, Beaupre said he would keep his post until Jan. 31.
Beaupre announced his retirement to the public during the hospital’s Monday board meeting.
“With seven months to plan, there is ample time for a national search to recruit the best possible next leader for St. John’s Health,” the email said.
Beaupre started at St. John’s in 2016, taking over from Lou Hochheiser. The former anesthesiologist focused on opening new lines of service for patients and improving the hospital’s financial situation.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, Beaupre’s work put the hospital on solid financial footing, but for the past four months he steered St. John’s through turbulent times. He has invested heavily in training and equipment to prepare for COVID-19 patients.
In his last half-year with the hospital, Beaupre will attempt to recover from the economic hardship created by the coronavirus and to move St. John’s closer to the path it was on before the pandemic started.
“Over the next several months, I also expect that we will continue to make great progress together on all of our important patient care initiatives,” Beaupre said.