When my good friend Dr. Frank Byrne was promoted to president of Fort Wayne’s largest hospital a few years ago, he was the first M.D. to become head of such an institution in Indiana, and part of a national trend of doctors switching to health-care administration.
My newspaper ran his promotion as a business-page brief.
Over the years, we’ve gotten many a chuckle over this. Frank’s no longer hospital president; a couple years ago he became vice-president of the hospital’s foundation, giving money away to health-care charities and getting more into the public-policy end of administration.
Then this week, his position was eliminated. Front page!
We will have many more chuckles over this, I’m sure. In the meantime, if you want to hire a smart pulmonologist with strong administrative experience and a good sense of humor, well, he’s available.