LHS CFO retires

Bob Lonis

Lincoln Health System Chief Financial Officer Bob Lonis handed in his resignation last week with May 15 being his final day on the job.

According to LHS Director of Marketing and Business Development Katie Stovall, Lonis has made the decision to resign so that he may retire and spend more time with his family.

Significantly, Lonis’ resignation comes amid a solicitation from the Lincoln County Commission to provide comprehensive financial information on the hospital and its assets, the provision of which was the singular factor in delaying the closure of Patrick Rehab and Wellness’s wellness facilities until July.

While petitioned by the Elk Valley Times for comment on Lonis’ departure and the effect that his absence will have on the presentation of the health system’s financial information before the committee, LHS officials have provided no further information on the extent to which the absence of a CFO may impair the presentation.

As has been previously reported, the closure of Patrick Wellness has been delayed by two months so that the County Commission may have time to consider LHS’s financial status and alternative possibilities for remedying the facility’s loss of revenue.

LHS did provide the following prepared statements.

“The Lincoln Health System Board of Trustees extends our most sincere gratitude to Mr. Bob Lonis for his leadership and dedication to our health system over the past five years.  During times of transition, Bob exhibited true leadership by stepping into the role of CEO on an interim basis while still maintaining his responsibilities as CFO.  While we all wish him the best in his retirement, he will definitely be missed here at LHS,” said John Thorpe, LHS Board of Trustees Vice-Chairman and Finance Committee Chairman.

“As a key member of the LHS leadership team, Bob Lonis has helped lead Lincoln Health System through some difficult times in health care.  His leadership, expertise, and tireless dedication to LHS has served our health system well, and he will be difficult to replace.  We all wish him the best in his retirement,” said   Anthony Taylor, LHS Board of Trustees Chairman.

Updates on this situation should be expected during the upcoming County Commission meeting and will be reported on as they occur.