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Banos: 'Shocked' by ouster as Good Shepherd president, CEO

From Staff Reports
Sept. 27, 2012 at 2:28 a.m.


Ed Banos, who has been president and chief executive officer of Good Shepherd Medical Center since 2008, has been removed from the position.

In an interview this morning, Banos said he was informed of the decision by the chairman of the hospital's board of directors and physicians late Wednesday afternoon. He declined to elaborate on possible reasons for his termination, and said the board had given none.

"There's a clause in my contract they can use (to terminate without cause), and they used it," Banos said. "Anytime a person gets terminated I think they're shocked. I'm shocked."

With about 3,000 employees, Good Shepherd is the largest employer in Gregg County.

In a news release, Good Shepherd officials said they were immediately starting a national search for a new president and chief executive.

"Ed has achieved many great accomplishments while serving as Good Shepherd's leader," Buck Birdsong, chairman of the Good Shepherd Health System board, said in a prepared statement. "We wish him luck and much success in his future endeavors."

Birdsong said Ken Cunningham, executive vice president, had been appointed interim CEO and would serve as a liaison between the organization and the board.

During his four-and-a-half year tenure, Banos was instrumental in bringing about many positive changes in the organization, Birdsong said.

Among the noteworthy accomplishments was Banos' vision that aligned Good Shepherd with the University of Texas Health Science Center to establish a new internal medicine residency program that began this July. Birdsong also pointed to Good Shepherd's affiliation with the University of North Texas.

Banos was also a driving force in the expansion of physician services, development of shared governance among nurses and realignment of a system leadership structure, Birdsong said.

Under Banos' leadership, the Good Shepherd system has continued to expand its presence across East Texas, most recently with the opening of an emergency room facility in Kilgore. It also has locations in Marshall, Henderson, Jefferson, Linden, Hughes Springs, Hallsville, White Oak, Gladewater and Gilmer.

Check back to news-journal.com throughout the day for more on this developing story.

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