Crowley resigns at Bon Secours; CEO doesn't want to be 'in the way' of link-up with UMMS; Executive suite


With her health system in partnership talks with University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), Jane Durney Crowley announced her resignation yesterday as chief executive officer of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System.

Crowley said her departure was not a sign of opposition to a partnership. On the contrary, she said, "I've worked hard for several years to see that this comes to fruition. It's the right thing for the community and both organizations, and I don't want to get in the way."

"Formation of a partnership such as the one we are considering with UMMS necessarily affects the CEO, and I have determined that it is in the best interest of the organization and my career to step down at this time," she said.

An affiliation of Bon Secours with UMMS would bring together four hospital campuses in West Baltimore.

Bon Secours Baltimore Health System includes Bon Secours Hospital and Liberty Medical Center.

The Bon Secours system plans to consolidate inpatient care at Bon Secours Hospital, using the Liberty campus for outpatient care and housing for the elderly. Both systems also have primary care centers and other health facilities.

Maryland General Hospital merged into UMMS last month.

"It's an incredible opportunity to restructure the whole delivery of health care in West Baltimore," said Nelson Sabatini, vice president for integrated delivery systems operations at UMMS.

"We have been talking to Bon Secours on and off for a long, long time about delivering health care in West Baltimore and rationalizing the system in West Baltimore," Sabatini said.

He said the Bon Secours system was interested in looking at ways to "eliminate redundancies and redirect resources."

In any partnership with UMMS, Bon Secours would retain its Catholic identity and continue to have a role in health care in West Baltimore, Crowley and Sabatini said.

Sabatini said that, while talks have reached a fairly serious stage, they have not dealt with details of management structure or which health services would be offered where.

Discussions could come to a conclusion by spring, Crowley said.

Henry DeVries, a senior vice president of the national Bon Secours Health System, which is based in Marriottsville, was named acting CEO of the Bon Secours Baltimore system.

Crowley said she will remain at Bon Secours through March, and plans to remain in the Baltimore area and work in health administration.

She has worked with the national Bon Secours system since 1983 and became CEO in Baltimore in 1992. She oversaw the merger with Liberty and the planning process that led to the decision to close inpatient services there.

Pub Date: 2/27/99

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