Craig The Memorial Hospital’s search for a new CEO reached a milestone this week.
The candidate pool has been whittled down to four applicants, and one has already come to Craig for an on-site visit, with additional candidates visiting in the next few weeks.
“I think the people coming in are very promising,” said TMH board member Don Myers, adding that the selection process has brought in candidates from across the country. “There may be more people on the short list than we have now.”
That list was compiled through a joint effort between TMH and its management company, Quorum Health Resources, which includes advisory support to the Board of Trustees, interim services and executive recruitment as part of its multi-year management support plan.
The candidate visits are a critical part of an ongoing selection process that began in January after the resignation of seven-year CEO George Rohrich and the February appointment of interim CEO Joyce Hein. During their on-site visits the candidates will have the opportunity to interact with staff at the hospital and become acquainted with the facility.
“I think it’s important that the community knows this process is absolutely being handled transparently. These candidates that are visiting, they’re talking to the medical staff, talking to the administration, talking to the Board of Trustees,” Chief of Organizational Excellence Jennifer Riley said.
Once the field is narrowed to three, the names of the finalists will be publicly announced, and that selection could happen as soon as the Board of Trustees' regular meeting Thursday. The board is meeting in executive session at 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday to interview some of the preliminary candidates.
Once the finalists are named, an open meeting will be held at the hospital to allow members of the community to meet the candidates, ask questions and give feedback that will contribute to the final selection of a new CEO.
“This isn’t happening in a dark room in a vacuum,” Riley said. “It’s important to us that the community has a sense of security and some input in who is providing their medical care. We want the community to come to this meeting and be part of this process.”
“We’re trying to make it as open as possible,” Myers added. “We want as many people as we can get to come out and meet these candidates for themselves and tell us what they think. We’ll also be really looking at the feedback we get from the doctors while we make this decision.”
There is a possibility that no finalists will be selected, in which case the search will resume and could take an additional four to six months.
“We want to find the best candidate possible,” Riley said. “The search is still open and people are still applying.”