Tower Health’s finance chief resigning after years of steep losses




, Tower Health’s finance chief resigning after years of steep losses

Tower Well being has employed a restructuring advisor and is contemplating promoting its Philadelphia-area hospitals after posting steep losses in 2019 and 2020.

The finance chief of embattled Tower Well being is resigning, the Pennsylvania well being system introduced Wednesday.

Gary Conner, Tower’s chief monetary officer, will go away his place on Feb. 19. West Studying, Penn.-based Tower mentioned it would seek for a everlasting successor to Conner, who has been CFO since 2015.

“We respect Gary’s contributions to Tower Well being’s concentrate on assembly the ever-changing healthcare wants of our communities,” the well being system mentioned in a press release. “We thank him for his service to our mission and need him the very best.

Tower spokesperson Richard Wells declined to say why Conner is leaving, however the well being system is in vital monetary misery and has employed a restructuring guide. It posted a staggering $439 million working loss on $1.9 billion in income in fiscal 2020, which ended June 30, a virtually 23% loss margin. Executives on a November investor name blamed the pandemic, however Tower additionally misplaced cash in 2019 earlier than the disaster started.

Jim Gravell of Warbird Consulting Companions will function interim CFO whereas Tower searches for a everlasting substitute, the system mentioned in a press release. Gravell, who’s already working with Tower, has nearly 30 years’ expertise main massive well being methods. He was previously the CFO of Mercy Well being, a faith-based system with $5 billion in income.

Executives on the November name mentioned Tower might promote the 5 acute-care hospitals it purchased from for-profit Group Well being Methods in 2017 in Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. These hospitals misplaced a mixed $235 million in fiscal 2020. In addition they remarked on the underperformance of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Youngsters in Philadelphia.

Wells declined to share an replace on that entrance on Wednesday.