Hennepin Healthcare CEO resigns

February 05, 2019 07:02 PM

Dr. Jon Pryor, the Chief Executive Officer for Hennepin Healthcare, is resigning his post.

The health organization announced the decision in a release Tuesday afternoon. It said the system board is scheduled to meet this week to consider Dr. John Cumming as acting chief executive.

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"It has been an honor to lead this outstanding organization for the past six years," Pryor said in a statement.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such passionate, mission-driven people who are so thoroughly committed to caring for our community."

RELATED: Hennepin Healthcare making improvements after external Ketamine review

Pryor joined Hennepin Healthcare as CEO in April 2013. And during his tenure, the system expanded its clinic network by opening new clinics and renovating and expanding existing ones, the release said.

But Hennepin Healthcare has been under close watch since last summer when a draft report from Minneapolis civil rights investigators was leaked.  

The report claimed Minneapolis police officers repeatedly asked Hennepin Healthcare medics to sedate people with Ketamine while out on calls.

But the external reviews released by the company last month challenged the draft report.  Across the board, they found that paramedics administering Ketamine was "appropriate and justified in each case."

The reviews went on to state the decision to use the drug was "not directed by law enforcement." 

The reviews did have some concerns and critiques of Hennepin Healthcare's training and the "critical need for an organized, systematic approach." 

The release said the search for a new CEO will begin later this month.

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