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Orlando Health CEO Forced Out

Orlando Sentinel
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Sherrie Sitarik, president and CEO of Orlando Health, left her post Thursday immediately after a board meeting, the Orlando Sentinel reported. A spokeswoman for the health system said the decision was the board's.

Employees had threatened to start a union after Sitarik imposed layoffs, cut the differential pay for night and weekend work and took other unpopular actions to cope with major financial losses. It rankled them that her pay topped $1 million a year and that she spent a lot of money on consultants who came up with the pay-cut idea.

An RN, Sitarik began her career at what was then Orlando Regional Medical Center 35 years ago, a system that now has eight hospitals and nearly 16,000 employees. 

The board intends to appoint an interim chief and conduct a nationwide search for a replacement, the Sentinel reported.

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