Libertas-Hazelden partnership

Former HSHS Western Wisconsin president and CEO Julie Manas, left, and senior vice president John Driscoll of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation announce their partnership at the L.E. Phillips Libertas treatment center in Chippewa Falls in this file photo from Nov. 2, 2017.

SARAH SEIFERT, The Herald

Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) does not have a specific timeline for when it will appoint a permanent CEO and president of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, but an HSHS Western Wisconsin Division spokesperson said Thursday, Jan. 11 that the search process has begun.

The hospital is searching for a replacement for Julie Manas, whom the hospital announced was no longer with the organization in a Tuesday, Jan. 9 press release. The hospital plans to work quickly to permanently fill the position, the release said.

Mary Starmann-Harrison, president and CEO of the HSHS system, has been appointed to fill in as the interim CEO. Starmann-Harrison has been in her current role since March 2011.

In an email Thursday, Starmann-Harrison said the change in the hospital’s CEO and president position was mutual.

“We all agreed there was the need for a transition in leadership,” Starmann-Harrison said. “We need to change direction and work with a different strategy going forward.”

Tuesday’s press release also stated that the hospital was “moving in a new direction,” and Starmann-Harrison said HSHS Sacred Heart and HSHS St. Joseph’s will be continue to grow.

“Both HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s are well positioned to not only continue to provide quality health care to Chippewa Valley residents but to expand services,” Starmann-Harisson said. “We see growth opportunities, and we continue to provide high-quality, patient-centered care.”

The hospital thanked Manas in its Tuesday press release for her nearly six years of service, which included a recent partnership between the L.E. Phillips Libertas treatment center and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, which Manas announced in November 2017. Manas also oversaw HSHS Western Wisconsin Division, which includes HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls.

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