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.


HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire has parted ways with its CEO, Julie Manas, Sacred Heart communications specialist Shannon Portell said Tuesday.

“HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is moving in a new direction. As a result, Julie Manas, president and CEO of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, is no longer with the organization,” a Tuesday press release said.

Mary Starmann-Harrison, HSHS President, will serve as the interim HSHS Sacred Heart CEO until a new leader is selected, the press release said. Starmann-Harrison was appointed leader of the HSHS system in 2011. Hospital administration intend to “quickly appoint” a new CEO to succeed Manas.

“Bringing about change requires perseverance in a dynamic environment. We have an expert team, and we are positioned to continue doing what we do best, which is taking care of our patients,” said Starmann-Harrison.

Manas has spent almost six years with the hospital system, having been appointed CEO of HSHS Sacred Heart in February 2012 and overseeing the HSHS Western Wisconsin division, which includes HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls.

Previously, Manas worked in administration at hospital systems in Iowa and Illinois, according to the hospital’s website.

Throughout her tenure in the Chippewa Valley, Manas has worked with the United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley and other health initiatives. In 2013, she was named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of “130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know,” recognizing female leaders of hospitals and health systems in the U.S.

In November, Manas announced that the L.E. Phillips Libertas treatment center — an affiliate of HSHS St. Joseph’s — would partner with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, a nationally renowned addiction treatment network.

“Leadership from Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) and the Board of Directors of HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals appreciate Manas’ service to HSHS during the past six years and wish her well as she begins this new chapter in her career,” the press release said.

There have been recent leadership changes at HSHS St. Joseph’s in Chippewa Falls as well. In October the hospital hired a new CEO, former Rusk County Memorial Hospital CEO Charisse Oland, replacing Joan Coffman.


Chippewa Herald reporter

Sarah Seifert reports for the Chippewa Herald. Contact her with tips or story ideas at 715-738-1608 or at

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