St. Dominic Memorial Hospital has a new leader.
Jeremy Tinnerello will serve as the hospital’s Jackson Market President starting next month, the health system said in a press release Oct. 4.
The announcement comes after the previous market president and CEO Scott Kashman resigned in June.
As hospitals across the country continue to recuperate from losses incurred during the pandemic, according to one study, hospital CEO turnover hit a record high in September.
Tinnerello was previously at Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe, Louisiana, where he served in several administrative capacities since his tenure began in 1992. Most recently, Tinnerello was the health system’s CEO for seven years.
Dr. Richard Vath, CEO of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, the Baton Rouge-based nonprofit that has owned St. Dominic since 2019, described Tinnerello as an “authentic and committed leader” in a statement.
Tinnerello joins the 571-bed hospital at a tumultuous time — St. Dominic announced layoffs and the closure of its behavioral health services unit in June, blaming “substantial financial challenges” and losses of several million dollars in recent years.
The layoffs affected 5.5% of its total workforce, or 157 employees. In the weeks following the closure of the hospital’s 83 psychiatric beds, Jackson-area hospitals reported that their psychiatric beds were full.
A hospital spokesperson previously claimed that Kashman’s departure was unrelated to the layoffs or closure of the behavioral services unit.