North Memorial CEO arrested in prostitution bust

  • Article by: MARY LYNN SMITH and CHEN MAY YEE , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: September 1, 2010 - 10:50 PM

David Cress was one of about a dozen men arrested at a Richfield hotel. He faces a misdemeanor prostitution charge.

The president and chief executive officer of North Memorial Health Care was jailed Wednesday morning after being arrested by Richfield police and charged with engaging in prostitution.

David Cress, 60, was released from Hennepin County jail Wednesday afternoon and is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 15 on the misdemeanor charge.

Cress was one of about a dozen men who were arrested at a Richfield hotel during a day-long vice operation, said Richfield police Lt. Jay Henthorne, the department's spokesman. Additional details weren't available because the case is under investigation, he said.

Cress, who has been at North Memorial since 1982, took over as head of the medical facility in 2005 from longtime CEO Scott Anderson. Cress is a board member of the Minnesota Hospital Association and chair of the board at Maple Grove Hospital.

Cress could not be reached for comment.

In a written statement, Larry Taylor, chairman of North Memorial's Board of Trustees, said: "This is a troubling, personal situation, but North Memorial's focus will continue to be on providing our patients and their families with excellent care."

The hospital's statement gave no indication of Cress' employment status or future role with the facility.

North Memorial, which includes a medical center with 518 beds and a network of 12 clinics, is known for its trauma care.

The metro's smallest health system, it lost money on operations last year and is on track to lose money again this year, amid a weak economy and heavy investment in a new hospital in Maple Grove. Cress cut a total of 480 positions in 2008 and 2009.

North Memorial, which has 5,000 employees, was one of six hospital groups that recently went through bruising contract talks with the Minnesota Nurses Association, including weathering a 24-hour nurses' strike. In a recent interview, Cress said he was glad to have the nurses' contract settled and was focused on getting North Memorial's finances back in the black next year.

Staff writer Abby Simons contributed to this report. Mary Lynn Smith • 612-673-4788 Chen May Yee • 612-673-7434

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