John Sensiba, chairman of the ValleyCare board of directors, said Feit's departure occurred at the board's meeting Feb. 4 and was announced to the ValleyCare medical and support staff the next day. He said the reasons for Feit's departure would be explained later.
The board immediately named as interim ValleyCare CEO Scott Gregerson, who is the health system's vice president of Strategic Partnerships.
Sensiba said he couldn't talk about Feit's departure "at this time," but a message he is sending to the supporters of the system indicates Feit's departure may not have been voluntary.
"Health care in general and at ValleyCare specifically are going through tremendous changes to adapt to the new health care environment," Sensiba said in his message about Feit's departure. "In recent years we have partnered with numerous organizations and individuals to increase our strength in the market place, including the formation of a medical foundation and our physician network. We are continuing to look at additional partners and affiliations that can help us to preserve and enhance our services to the community."
Sensiba said that the board and its management team are "implementing short-term and long-term strategies to ensure the fiscal health of the organization."
"You can be assured that any decisions we make will be based on our mission that is focused on patient care, safety and quality," he added. "We have a number of strategic decisions in front of us that we will continue to explore and implement."
Sensiba said he and others on the volunteer board of directors will continue to devote the time required to keep ValleyCare "moving forward."
Feit was appointed president and CEO of ValleyCare Health System in July 1997. She is a board member of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine in stem cell research, and has served on a state strategic planning committee for nursing, the Medical/Auxiliary Advisory Committee for Chabot College and the board of directors for Hope Hospice.
She is currently a member of the Tri-Valley Business Council and serves as a member of the East Bay Hospital Council. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Cooperative Hospitals, Inc., VHA West Coast and Sigma Theta Tau, International.
She also earned a number of recognitions, including Contra Costa County's 1998 Women of Achievement, the 2004 San Francisco Business Times Top 100 Business Women of the Year and in 2005, being named among Tri-Valley Magazine's Ten Most Powerful Women.
In 2004, the ValleyCare board dedicated its new nursing center as Mertes-Feit Chabot Las Positas ValleyCare Education Center, in her honor as well as to recognize the achievements of longtime ValleyCare board member and past chairman David Mertes.
In a 2007 interview with the East Bay Business Journal, Marcy Feit, who with her husband James has seven children, said that what she liked least about her job as CEO at ValleyCare was "trying to keep an organization financially stable in a very difficult environment."
In answer to a question about what she considered her biggest missed opportunity, Feit responded, "I had an opportunity to do more international work and haven't been able to make that work because this is a local community hospital that demands a great deal of my attention."
In an email to the Pleasanton Weekly, Feit's son, Scott C. Treff, praised his mother's work both at ValleyCare and as a nurse. His message follows:
"For the last 40+ years my family and I have shared my mother (Marcy Feit) with ValleyCare and the community as a whole. What started off as a nurse's aide working the graveyard shift blossomed into a lifelong career devoted to patient care.
"Her tireless work and contributions were not only realized in the Tri-Valley, but internationally as well. My mother's list of accomplishments is long, but her most prized possession is without a doubt her designation as RN.
"Having passion and compassion for patient care is not something you can buy. It doesn't come with a degree, and you can't get it by being elected to a board. Only the chosen few are born with it. That kind of passion is bound to resurface, it always does.
"Words can't describe how proud I am of my mother. Her journey is one that is largely unmatched in any industry. Now 70 years old and facing her own health challenges, I look forward to helping my mother transition into the next phase of her life. I know it's going to be great, because she deserves it. She did it the old-fashioned way ... she earned it."