Second executive to leave Memorial Health System

A second executive will be leaving Memorial Health System, according to a press release sent out by the hospital.

Carm Moceri, who has been with the health system since 2008, will leave because his position as chief strategy officer is being eliminated. Hospital officials said the position was being eliminated as a result of the anticipated transition to the University of Colorado Health, the group leasing Memorial. The lease arrangements will be voted on Aug. 28.

Moceri was responsible for planning strategic initiatives for the organization.

“Until Memorial’s future governance is determined, there is a minimal need for strategic planning,” the press release said.

Moceri started at Memorial as a consultant in 2008 and was hired full-time in 2009 to oversee the hospital’s strategic planning.

“He played a critical role in positioning Memorial to withstand sweeping changes in the health care industry at the local, state and national levels,” the release said.

Moceri started his health care career as a nurse, but has more than 20 years of executive experience, including as president of several hospitals in multi-hospital, multi-state systems.

Moceri’s contract states that he was earning $375,000 a year at Memorial. His severance package, according to Memorial spokesperson Brian Newsome, will include six months’ salary, and cashing out his retirement benefits and any vacation. he’ll be eligible for COBRA insurance benefits as well.

Moceri’s last day was not given in the press release.

His exit follows closely on the heels of the exit of CEO Larry McEvoy, whose last day was May 4. McEvoy’s $1.15 million severance – which includes 18 months’ salary, cashing out retirement and vacation benefits, the CEO car and $20,000 to help find a new job – has been the subject of intense controversy in the city. City Attorney Chris Melcher is expected to give his opinion tomorrow about the legality of McEvoy’s severance package – which varies from his contractual six months’ salary as a severance.

Both men had come under fire from city council members as Memorial’s patient volumes declined during the past year. Both were lobbying to turn Memorial into an independent nonprofit hospital system, but failed when city council decided to allow the University of Colorado Health to lease the system.

“I couldn’t be more pleased,” said Council member Tim Leigh, one of Moceri’s most vocal critics. “This shows that the new management over there is strong, even coming out of the gate. His (Moceri’s) position was unnecessary, and it was a drain on resources.”