Sisters of Charity Health System's St. Vincent Charity Medical Center as seen last November.
Sisters of Charity Health System's St. Vincent Charity Medical Center as seen last November. Credit: Jessie Deeds

Top members of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s executive team who were tasked with leading the center’s transformation into a health campus have been fired. 

In an email sent Friday to staff members, the hospital said Susanna Krey, president and CEO, St. Vincent Charity Health Campus, and Heather Stoll, senior vice president of Strategy and Innovation of St. Vincent Health Campus, were let go as part of an ongoing restructuring.

Krey and Stoll were leading changes after the medical center announced last September that it would end inpatient and emergency services in November, triggering the layoff of 1,000 hospital employees. 

The health center said at the time it would transition its 17-acre campus at East 22nd Street into a community health campus providing urgent care, outpatient behavioral and mental health care, and addiction medicine and recovery services. 

It is unclear whether plans to transform the hospital’s facility in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood will halt with the recent executive changes.  

In an email statement released to Signal Cleveland, Janice Murphy, president and CEO of Sisters of Charity Health Systems, said the following: 

“As part of this ongoing process, the Sisters of Charity Health System has made difficult decisions regarding staffing, which has resulted in the departure of two longtime and faithful servants of the Health System. We are grateful for their significant contributions and wish them well.” 

The health system officials would not provide any details. A source who is connected to the health system told Signal Cleveland the names of the executives who were let go. 

Dr. Charles Garven, chief medical officer of Sisters of Charity Health System, told Signal Cleveland Monday that it is “possible” conversations about the transformation into a health campus have stopped among leadership and partner groups. 

Neither Garven nor the hospital’s spokesperson, Rebecca Gallant, would say anything more on the topic, but both acknowledged that discussions about the health campus are taking place. Garven said the details of those discussions are confidential. 

Gallant said they plan to announce another partner organization that will provide some of the health campus services in the future. 

The St. Vincent Charity Community Health Center announced on Monday that it is partnering with Neighborhood Family Practice, a federally qualified health center (FQHC), to expand healthcare access to residents in the Central neighborhood by 2024. The community-based health center will operate within a medical office building adjacent to the hospital’s property. The focus is on serving families and children who are poor and uninsured. 

The health campus was among the latest efforts in Cleveland to provide more support and clinical services that address the social factors that contribute to the overall health and wellness of residents. 

The center is one of Cleveland’s oldest safety net hospitals and was once known for providing emergency services to low-income residents as well as mental health and recovery services. The former hospital closed last year shortly after University Hospitals closed its Bedford location.  

This story was updated to clarify the titles of Susanna Krey and Charles Garven, and to clarify that the plans for transforming the former hospital into a neighborhood health campus is being managed by St. Vincent Charity Health Campus.

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Candice, a Cleveland Documenter since 2020, has been a freelance writer whose reporting and digital media work have appeared in The Daily Beast, VICE, Cleveland Magazine and elsewhere. She has written about health, equity and social justice.