MARSHFIELD (WAOW) - The executive director of Marshfield Clinic has resigned and plans to return to taking care of patients.
Dr. Brian Ewert's resignation was announced in an email to the Marshfield Clinic Health System on Monday, clinic spokesman Jake Miller said Tuesday.
Ewert, 55, said it was time to transition to other endeavors as Dr. Susan Turney becomes chief executive officer of the Health System on Sept. 1, the email said. His resignation is effective Sept. 12.
Turney, president of Englewood, Colo.-based Medical Group Management Association, becomes the first CEO of the Health System as part of a restructuring.
Ewert joined Marshfield Clinic in 1993.
In recent years, he has served as president and CEO of the clinic, chairman of the clinic's board of directors and interim CEO of the Health System.
"He has done an exceptional job at an unprecedented time in the clinic's history, helping guide the clinic through great changes in health care nationally, and we're grateful for what he's done," Dr. Narayana Murali, chair of the clinic's board of directors, wrote in Monday's email.
Last March, Ewert said a loss of $17 million in anticipated revenue since Oct. 1 would force budget cuts, including a 5 percent pay cut for doctors and employees earning more than $125,000.
The streamlining also rescinded a 2 percent staff salary raise and discontinued a 1 percent 401k match, he said.
Ewert said the drop in anticipated revenue was due to decreased demand for services in all of the clinic's medical practices plus reduced payments for Medicare services.
Marshfield Clinic has about 7,700 workers, including 700 doctors, and operates about 50 medical centers located in central, northern and western Wisconsin.