BR General executive going to Chicago area

Edgardo Tenreiro, one of the Baton Rouge General/General Health System executives passed over for the chief executive officer slot, has been named president and CEO of a Chicago-area hospital.

Tenreiro, the General’s chief operating officer and executive vice president since 2008, starts his new job at the 433-bed Palos Community Hospital in mid-November.

His last day at the General is Nov. 2.

Tenreiro and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Floyd Roberts had been endorsed in July by at least three dozen physicians for the top job at General Health System, parent company of Baton Rouge General Medical Center.

The General’s previous CEO, Bill Holman, resigned abruptly in February.

In September, following a national search, the General’s board of directors announced the hiring of Mark Slyter, president and CEO of Baptist Health Systems in Jackson, Miss.

“This was an tremendous opportunity that I simply could not pass up and I am excited to embark on the new journey ahead,” Tenreiro said in a prepared statement.

He added he would have enjoyed working with Slyter, describing him as a talented CEO.

Dr, Evelyn Hayes, interim president and CEO of the General, credited Tenreiro for “transformational work” in quality and patient safety.

Tenreiro helped foster excellence in patient care and drive innovative expanded surgical services, Hayes said.

Palos Community is a nonprofit founded in 1972.

The hospital serves residents in suburbs on the southwest side of Chicago.

The hospital, according to a story published in Wednesday’s Chicago Business Report, has been steady financially.

In 2012, the hospital had operating income of $46.1 million on total revenue of $375 million.

In March, Palos completed a $380 million project that included a seven-story patient tower and making all of the hospital’s patient rooms private.

His last day will be November 2.

Before coming to Baton Rouge General, Tenreiro served in executive roles at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas, and at NCH Healthcare System in Naples, Fla.