DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital CEO Daniel Jackson departs hospital system

Jordyn Grzelewski
The Detroit News

Daniel Jackson, chief executive officer of the Detroit Medical Center's Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit, is parting ways with the hospital system.

He is "leaving the organization for personal reasons," Detroit Medical Center spokesperson Jason Barczy confirmed Friday in a statement to The Detroit News, but did not elaborate on the circumstances behind Jackson's departure. His last day will be Monday. Kathy Donovan, DMC Group's chief operating officer and CEO of DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan, will take over as interim CEO of Sinai-Grace.

Daniel Jackson, who is departing as CEO of Sinai-Grace Hospital.

News of Jackson's departure first was reported by Crain's Detroit Business.

In other recent leadership changes, the hospital system on Jan. 31 announced that Brittany Lavis had been appointed group CEO of Detroit Medical Center. She had been acting as interim CEO since October, after former CEO Audrey Gregory departed to lead a health system in Florida. Lavis also is tasked with directing the Detroit market for Tenet Healthcare, DMC's for-profit owner.

Donovan was named group COO in November and CEO of DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan in 2020, according to a profile on DMC's website. She has more than a decade of experience in healthcare administration and joined the DMC after serving as COO and chief nursing officer at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis. 

Donovan has been a nurse for nearly 30 years, according to the profile, and spent most of her career in the field of women's and child health services. She worked for 25 years at BJC Healthcare at St. Louis Children's Hospital, where she served in multiple leadership positions, including director of emergency services.

Prior to joining Cardinal Glennon, Donovan was the COO at Sunrise Children's Hospital in Las Vegas. She earned a master's of science in nursing from the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes Jewish College, and a bachelor's of science in nursing from Missouri Baptist College, both in St. Louis.

Jackson, meanwhile, joined DMC in November 2019 after serving as chief administrative officer at Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center South, according to LinkedIn.

DMC operates eight hospitals in southeast Michigan.

Sinai-Grace Hospital came under scrutiny in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, when the city was hit hard by the virus. Accounts of conditions inside the hospital painted a grim picture of a "war zone" atmosphere in which COVID-19 patients were dying in hallways and nurses were searching for body bags and places to put the dead, The Detroit News reported in April 2020.

In May of that year, the hospital was cleared of alleged violations of infection prevention and nurse staffing requirements following an investigation.

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