Care home CEO fired again after provincial review

The head of two Mennonite-run personal care homes in Winnipeg has been fired after an independent review found instances of nepotism and intimidation of staff.
An audit of Bethania revealed the CEO had been allowed to retire, collect a pre-retirement payout and was then rehired the next day. (Google Street View)

The head of two Mennonite-run personal care homes in Winnipeg has been fired after an independent review found instances of nepotism and intimidation of staff.

Bethania Group CEO Ray Koop was allowed to retire and collect a payout, and then was rehired the next day.

The practice is prohibited under new provincial laws.

Manitoba Health oversaw the independent review and released its results on Thursday.

"All recommendations have been accepted by Bethania's board of directors, including discontinuing the contract with its chief executive officer," Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced in press release.

Koop has also been ordered to repay the pre-retirement payout and Bethania is now searching for a new CEO.

"We support the board in its decisions and are pleased we were able to work together to come to this resolution," Oswald said.

The independent review was carried out by Dave Dyck, former board chair of the Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba.

During the investigation, Koop was placed on administrative leave and an arrangement was made with neighbouring Concordia Hospital for its chief operating officer Les Janzen to assume CEO responsibilities for Bethania Group care homes.

Janzen will remain in this interim role until the Bethania board hires a new CEO.

"Our government has said from the outset that we value the role of faith-based facilities in our health care system and we want to ensure both Bethania and Pembina Place remain Mennonite-run personal care homes," said Oswald

"I believe the recommendations in this review will not only allow Bethania Group to provide excellent, faith-based care, but it will also ensure these homes continue to thrive for years to come."

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