Memorial Hospital still in flux; CEO search resumes

by C.F. David

According to Frank Lynch, Board chairman for Cimarron Memorial Hospital, the search for a CEO has resumed, with former board chairman Dan Ghoulson still in the running.

Lynch explained that Board Vice-Chairman Ralph Warren had decided to rescind his second to hire Ghoulson, and the decision was made to interview two other individuals found in a search by former CEO Rod Burrus.

Lynch continued that the board held a special meeting on July 7, and interviewed Ghoulson. It was an interview that impressed Lynch.

On Thursday, July 14, the board will meet again and conduct interviews with the other two applicants, both of whom have medical administration experience.

“I think we owe it to the hospital to consider applicants with experience in the medical field,” Lynch said.

Chief Financial Officer, Paul Miller, who is acting CEO, has revealed he and his wife Judy are looking for a home in Boise City.

Lynch, in his interview said that Miller has expressed an interest in staying with Cimarron Memorial for at least another three years as CFO.

Lynch also said the hospital hopes to keep Kevin Conner, from Keyes, a C.P.A. who has worked closely with Miller.

“He [Conner] is really sharp,” Lynch said.

Miller reports that the hospital has renewed an agreement with United Health Care, and received a 33 percent increase in what the carrier will pay for a hospital stay. Blue Cross and Blue Shield has been mailed a similar offer.

“These are negotiated prices,” Miller said. “If you don't ask, you don't get more money.”

Miller also revealed that several nurses had returned to work for C.M.H., including Robbie Fowler, who returned from New Mexico.

“Robbie is a very experienced and competent nurse. The rest of us can sleep nights,” Miller said.

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