The CEO of Clinica Sierra Vista, Brian Harris, resigned on Thursday. Clinica Sierra Vista said that out of respect for Harris's privacy, no reason would be given.
Instead, the following statement was given regarding Harris's departure:
During his time with Clinica, Brian helped champion the healthcare needs for thousands of residents in the central valley, while focusing on the most underserved in our community. His efforts, along with our providers, doctors, nurses and support staff have allowed Clinica Sierra Vista to continue to be a leader in healthcare to the most vulnerable among us.
Harris served as CEO for the clinic for just over two years, but his tenure was not without complications.
At this time, Harris is facing a lawsuit from a former employee and Chief Financial over discrimination and harassment. The suit was filed in June 2019 by Consuelo Cantu, who claims Harris made comments about her age did not provide her with a specific reason for her termination, the lawsuit said.
According to the lawsuit, Cantu "demands trial 0f this matter by jury," and is also suing for more than $25,000.
Amid Harris's resignation, Clinica Sierra Vista Chief Human Resource Officer Stacy Ferreira will step in as interim CEO during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Clinica Sierra Vista said they will continue to work to serve "the most vulnerable residents" in the community, having tested over 1,100 patients at their 23 clinics in Kern and Fresno counties.