Cardinal execs depart as Clarian takes over-WEB ONLY

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Top executives at Muncie-based Cardinal Health System are heading out the door as the hospital continues its integration with Indianapolis-based Clarian Health.

Three executives will retire by the end of the May, Cardinal announced today, and CEO Kelly Stanley will retire at year’s end. Also, Stanley’s assistant, Karen Swank, will retire at the end of this month.

Cardinal and Clarian merged on Jan. 1. Shortly afterward, Brent Batman, the president of Cardinal’s flagship, Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, announced he would retire at the end of May.

Also retiring this month are Robert Gildersleeve, Cardinal’s chief financial officer, and Dr. Tom Gardiner, Cardinal’s executive vice president of clinical development.

The departure of the top executives was a key component of the cost-savings plan that was part of the reason for the Clarian-Cardinal merger.

The new president of Ball Memorial Hospital, Mike Haley, will stay on. He replaced Batman on March 1.

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