George Rohrich, CEO of The Memorial Hospital in Craig for about seven years, resigned Friday according to a TMH news release.
The announcement was made at around 2 p.m. by the TMH Board of Trustees.
“In addition to overseeing the development of our new hospital facility, George opened a medical clinic with family medicine, OB/GYN, general surgery, internal medicine and pediatrics to our community, recruited 13 medical providers for those specialties, and expanded our facility to include chemotherapy and infusion services, cardiac rehab and consumer driven lab services,” board of trustees chair Don Myers said in the release. “We appreciate his contributions to our hospital and community and both are much better off from his tenure here.”
An interim CEO will be onsite before Rohrich’s resignation officially takes effect, said Jennifer Riley, chief of organizational excellence at TMH. Though there is no set timeline Riley expects the transition to happen sometime in the next couple of weeks.
Rohrich’s decision to step down came less than 24 hours after a TMH Board of Trustees’ meeting that featured three separate votes to address a variety of topics in executive session.
After the third session Mike Mullins, vice president of Quorum Health Resources, TMH’s management company, told the Craig Daily Press he had been tasked with addressing a TMH personnel issue.
Attempts to reach Mullins Friday were unsuccessful, but Susan Hassell, vice president of marketing and corporate communications for QHR, said the management company had no further comment about last night’s meeting.
“Unfortunately, the reason hospital boards go into executive session is to discuss information that is not appropriate for public discussion,” Hassell said in an email response to the Daily Press. “We cannot comment on information discussed in The Memorial Hospital’s executive session nor do we comment on personnel matters, which are confidential.”
Riley also would not confirm whether Rohrich’s decision today was a result of anything that happened at Thursday night’s meeting.
“The decision for George to step down today (Friday) was his own,” Riley said. “I don’t know what happened in all of the executive sessions.
“I was present for two (of the executive sessions) and not present for the third, but even having said that I can’t discuss what happens in executive session because it’s confidential.”
Moffat County Commissioner-elect John Kinkaid, who attended his last meeting as a hospital board member Thursday, elaborated a little more, saying that following the third executive session the board approved, 5-2, a motion directing QHR to visit with Rohrich.
Kinkaid, who stopped by TMH Friday afternoon, said the atmosphere was melancholy.
“I can tell you from having just come from the hospital there are 220 people up there that feel there’s been a death in the family,” Kinkaid said. “I’m sad.”
QHR will lead the national search for Rohrich’s replacement with the hospital board’s participation, Riley said.
“QHR’s management services provides immediate interim resources to minimize disruption within the hospital while allowing the board time to choose a CEO that can meet our needs, and fill the significant role Rohrich has played in the hospital and in the community,” Myers said in the release.
There is no time frame for the new CEO search to be completed, according to the release.
Rohrich and Moffat County Commissioner Tom Gray, county liaison to the hospital board, could not be reached for comment Friday evening.
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