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Rapid City-based Regional Health abruptly changes leadership

RAPID CITY (AP) — Rapid City-based Regional Health has abruptly changed leadership.

Brent Phillips is out as president and CEO effective immediately, and the board of directors has named Paulette Davidson as acting president and CEO.

Phillips had a year left on his contract. A health system statement did not give a reason for the change. Board chairwoman Lia Green told the Rapid City Journal that the move is "a personnel issue."

Nearly 100 doctors at Regional Health Rapid City Hospital called for Phillips' removal in April 2017, after a vote of no confidence in his leadership. Green said that played no role in his ouster.

Davidson has been with Regional Health since 2015, serving as chief operating officer and later being named president of Rapid City Hospital and the Rapid City market.