Triplicate Staff

Sutter Coast Hospital's chief executive officer, Eugene Suksi, will resign effective April 25, it was announced Monday.

An interim replacement will be appointed soon, hospital employees and medical personnel were told this morning in a message from Mike Cohill, president of the West Bay Region of the Crescent City hospital's parent organization, Sutter Health.

"Leadership continuity is particularly important during this time of transition for Sutter Coast," Cohill said in the message.

Suksi, Cohill and other hospital officials could not be reached for additional comment Monday.

Suksi has served in the post for four and a half years. For the last year, the hospital has been embroiled in controversy over its move toward "regionalization," which called for replacing its local board of directors with representation on a regional board.

Opponents, including Sutter Coast's current and former chiefs of medical staff, have said the move would lead to loss of local control and likely downsizing of the hospital.

Supporters, including the Sutter Health organization, said it was necessary to maintain the facility's financial health.

The board voted earlier this month to put the move toward regionalization on hold.

Suksi came to Sutter Coast in September 2008 from Leavenworth, Wash., where he was CEO of Cascade Medical Center.

"I want to thank Eugene for the many contributions he has made to Sutter Coast during his four and one-half year tenure," Cohill said in the message. "These include partnering with Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation to establish an expanded physician and care center presence in Crescent City; recruiting an additional orthopedic surgeon to the community; and, overseeing $12 million in capital investments to improve Sutter Coast's facilities, as well as significant improvements in patient satisfaction."