Photo Caption: John Yanes
Few details are being provided on the recent resignation of John Yanes, the top executive brought in last year to provide new leadership for the financially troubled O'Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens.
Mark Hopkins, a spokesman for the OhioHealth company, confirmed Friday afternoon that Yanes had resigned his post effective earlier this month, but would provide no more information on the background behind Yanes' leaving the hospital.
In March 2011, O'Bleness Health System and OhioHealth announced that Yanes, a health-care professional with more than 20 years of experience, had been hired as the new president and CEO of O'Bleness Health System.
He had previously been president and CEO of Memorial Health Care System in Fremont, Ohio.
Yanes was hired at a time when O'Bleness was having some problems containing costs. In late 2008, the hospital cut 42 jobs, including nine administrators and 18 licensed practical nurses – the majority of the hospital's LPN staff. Prior to this announcement, O'Bleness had run a budget deficit of around $10 million over the previous four years.
In an interview with The Athens NEWS in May 2011, however, Yanes, then a month into his new job, claimed the hospital had turned its finances around.
"From 2009 going forward, there has been a continual improvement in the financial results of the O'Bleness system," Yanes said at the time. He added that on a number of financial-performance benchmarks, "O'Bleness is doing significantly better" than many comparable hospitals around Ohio.