There was simply no way after cutting 450 jobs and declaring a multi-million dollar deficit that Metro and Tim Hagan could continue working together.
The former commissioner announced he is leaving his part-time, $90,000/year gig with the county-financed hospital which he started back in January. His last day will be Friday.
Hagan's hiring was drew criticism from the start, especially among Metro staffers who were watching jobs being eliminated as Hagan began drawing a paycheck, because of his ties to Metro Top Men and the hospital's precarious fiscal situation.
Metro has been blitzed with a near-constant barrage of bad PR this year. From questions about their consultant-hiring practices to layoffs to severance packages for departed executives to the dismal deficit numbers from this week, Metro hasn't shined brightly in the public's eye.
Hagan and Metro parting ways was the bare minimum the hospital could do at this point. In fact, it was overdue given their situation. After the jump, statements from Hagan and Metro, the latter of which says Hagan did good work in his three-day-a-week gig.
“I am proud to have worked closely with the employees of MetroHealth to help them continue their service the community,” said Hagan. “I experienced firsthand the great care MetroHealth physicians provide when cardiologists saved my life during a cardiac arrest. Their care and the service of the institution to the community greatly influenced my decision to continue my public life at MetroHealth.”
According to a release from MetroHealth, Hagan has been instrumental in helping with a number of initiatives. He has assisted the Development Department with fundraising initiatives tied to the institution’s 175th Anniversary year and has helped to promote the MetroHealth Select Benefit Plan.
“Having Tim Hagan as a part of our team at MetroHealth has been tremendously beneficial,” said Mark Moran, President and CEO of MetroHealth. “We are grateful to Tim for his commitment to our mission and guidance in a number of important projects at MetroHealth.”
We wouldn't worry too much about Hagan if we were you. He's still collecting his public employee pension, and it probably won't be too long before his ample rolodex flips open to the name of his next friend and employer.
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