OB/GYN recruitment proceeds

The Memorial Hospital board votes, 5-0, for permission to move forward

In other action

The hospital board:

• Approved, 5-0, the re-appointment of Dr. Stacy Childs to active medical staff.

• Approved, 5-0, the appointment of physician's assistant Diana Hornung to provisional medical staff status.

• Approved, 5-0, the appointment of 12 radiologists to provisional medical staff status.

• Approved, 5-0, a five-year lease for new chemistry analyzing laboratory equipment.

• Approved, 5-0, increasing family physician salary guidelines from $130,000 to $160,000 per year to $148,000 to $190,000.

The Memorial Hospital board gave administrators the go-ahead Wednesday night to proceed with the recruitment of a second OB/GYN, a candidate one administrator called an "ideal match" for TMH.

The candidate is a 30-year-old resident at a Denver-area hospital. Hospital officials have met with her and came away from the meetings impressed, TMH Chief Executive Officer George Rohrich said.

Rohrich said there is mutual interest from the candidate in coming to Craig.

Board members approved, 5-0, moving forward with the candidate's recruitment.

With the board's blessing, Rohrich said he would begin discussions with the candidate about an employment agreement.

She will be available in the summer of 2009, ahead of TMH's 2010 projection for hiring a second OB/GYN.

Still, hospital officials said the candidate warrants working ahead of the established schedule.

Rohrich said he is "most impressed with this young physician," a notion shared by two TMH physicians who also met with the candidate.

Dr. J. Scott Ellis, current TMH OB/GYN, said he thinks the candidate is a qualified, team player who would serve the community well.

"I think she's that person," Ellis told the board. "She seems to really measure up. I think she's a good find."

Dr. Allan Reishus, TMH medical chief of staff, agreed with Ellis and said he thinks the candidate possibly was looking for a long-term situation.

Rohrich also told the board that he's in talks with several family practice doctors and that TMH was moving into a busy recruitment period that would last until about Thanksgiving.

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