Palos hospital CEO departs after some 90 days in charge

  • Written by Tim Hadac

Palos Community Hospital’s new president and chief executive officer abruptly left his position last week, barely 90 days into his job.
While Edgardo Tenreiro has confirmed that he is no longer employed at the hospital, neither he nor hospital officials would indicate whether he resigned or was fired, or what the reason behind the sudden departure was.
Photographs of and references to Tenreiro have been stripped from the Palos Community Hospital website and Facebook page, including a photograph from earlier this month in which he helped accept a chamber of commerce award for the hospital, and a press release from last Oct. 9 that announced his selection as CEO.
In that press release, hospital Board Chairman Edward Mulcahy had said, “On behalf of the board of directors of Palos Community Hospital, I am very pleased that Edgardo has been selected to continue the proud tradition of service established by the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph. Mr. Tenreiro is highly qualified, and I am confident that our hospital and our community will benefit greatly from his leadership.”
Prior to his brief tenure at Palos Community Hospital, Tenreiro served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of General Health System in Baton Rouge, La.
At Palos Community Hospital, he succeeded Sister Margaret Wright, who had served at the hospital’s helm for more than three decades.
Last month, Tenreiro said in a Crain’s Chicago Business interview that the hospital has “been losing about $1 million to a couple million dollars a month. It is a challenge, no question about it. It’s a combination of our costs being too high and our revenue not being high enough. On the revenue side, we’re going to have to work much closer with our physicians to identify ideas for growth. Our labor productivity is not where we want it to be. You want to match your demand for the service with the labor that you have. In order to make that happen, you have to really focus on being lean and Six Sigma (a data-driven approach to measure quality), which are the tools that we’re going to be providing. You have to cut costs at the same time.”
A hospital official said Tuesday that it is too early to speculate on a timeline or details of a process to search for a new president and CEO.