The Memorial Hospital couldn't be losing an 18-year-veteran at a more inopportune time for hospital staff and capital campaign volunteers, but the untimely resignation appears to be a change for the best for all parties involved.
Randy Phelps tendered his resignation as TMH administrator last week.
Phelps has the opportunity to move on to bigger opportunities with or without Quorum, and TMH has the opportunity to find a great fit for TMH and Moffat County at a critical time in hospital history.
We think it's critical that Quorum and the TMH board of directors search for a replacement who has vision, ambition, energy and experience in the completion of a project similar to the magnitude of the construction of a new replacement hospital. We think the new administrator should have strong small-community values and a desire to be involved not only in the hospital arena, but in the community that ultimately will support the hospital. Moffat County desperately needs a hospital administrator who is up for the challenge of overseeing a critical fund-raising effort, managing a large construction project, hiring key personnel, responding to community feedback, partnering with a local community college and developing a quality health care facility.
TMH has been the butt of vocal and frequent criticism after almost every major decision that has been made in the past several years -- arguably following a path that the administration blazed. There's little doubt that Phelps has had a large hand in making positive changes at TMH, too. He has helped to increase revenue, expand services, purchase state-of-the-art equipment and hire highly specialized doctors to meet the needs of Moffat County residents. Phelps has made great strides, but the hospital is ready for a new face and fresh perspective.