MemorialCare’s top Long Beach medical officers resign – Press Telegram

The top two executives at MemorialCare’s Long Beach Medical Center and Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital unexpectedly resigned this week.

John Bishop, who became CEO of MemorialCare’s Long Beach hospitals in June 2015, announced Tuesday, July 26, that he was stepping down, according to hospital spokeswoman Wendy Dow. Bishop has agreed to stay on the job until a successor is named after a national search.

Ike Mmeje, the hospitals chief operating officer, announced the same day that he would be leaving in August to “pursue other opportunities,” the hospital’s statement said. Helen Macfie, Doctor of Pharmacy, will become Acting COO. He has been with MemorialCare for 17 years.

Bishop could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

John Bishop, executive director of Miller Children’s & Women’s, speaks at the groundbreaking for the four-story, 80,000-square-foot medical building that will be the Cherese Mari Laulhere Children’s Village in Long Beach on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. The facility, which opening in 2021, it will allow families access to pediatric doctors in more than 36 specialties, as well as a range of services, such as a laboratory, pharmacy, imaging and rehabilitation gyms, all in one place. There will also be rooms to go to siblings, meeting the needs of the whole family. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

Bishop, a certified public accountant, joined MemorialCare Long Beach in 2009 as chief financial officer after spending time in the same position at MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center in Laguna Hills. Prior to that, he worked for the accounting firm Ernst & Young, dealing primarily with clients in the medical industry.

MemorialCare is a not-for-profit health system that includes four hospitals and two medical groups, among other facilities, in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Southern California News Group published July 17 a story about an investigation in Long Beach Medical Center patients who were given the wrong medications during a pair of incidents in February and March, some of which were apparently life-threatening. The California Department of Public Health allowed the medical center to keep its Medicare designation after systemic problems that led to the wrong drugs being administered were resolved.

There was no indication as of Wednesday that the investigation or the story played a role in the resignations.

The Long Beach Post was the first to report the resignations.

Bishop was CEO of MemorialCare’s Long Beach Medical Centers when the nonprofit group operated Community Hospital of Long Beach, and when decided to close the east side facility in 2018. Bishop, at the time, said the state-required seismic retrofit would make it financially unfeasible to continue operating.

The city leased the property to a new operating group, Molina, Network, Wu LLC, and reopened in early 2021, but closed again before the year was out.

Bishop has been active in the Long Beach community, including serving as board chair of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce in 2019-20. He did not talk about his future plans.

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