TMH a step closer to naming new CEO

Board of Trustees votes to bring one finalist back for community visit


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During its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, The Memorial Hospital board of trustees:

• Approved, 7-0, medical staff privileges.

• Approved, 7-0, 2012 audit and cost reports.

• Approved, 7-0, modification to Cardinal Pharmacy contract.

• Approved, 7-0, a $65,000 TMH Medical Clinic renovation plan.

• Heard Quorum Health Resources monthly report.

• Approved, 7-0, rescheduling the June meeting to June 4.

• Approved, 7-0, rescheduling the July meeting to July 11.

• Went into executive session to discuss legal matters.

— The Memorial Hospital’s board of trustees has a favorite candidate to fill its open CEO position.

The trustees Thursday night unanimously approved naming James “Chris” Christian Smolik as the primary finalist for the vacancy. Smolik was one of four potential finalists the TMH board discussed in executive session Thursday night.

“We had a very positive interview with him, and we received a lot of positive feedback from the staff,” TMH board member Don Myers said. “I think we’ve got ourselves a great candidate.”

Although Smolik, a former CEO of Riverton Memorial Hospital in Riverton, Wyo., was the only candidate extended an invitation to return to Craig for a second round of interviews, board Chairman Don Cook said that doesn’t mean he is guaranteed the job.

According to Colorado Revised Statutes, TMH is prohibited from extending Smolik an employment offer for a period of 14 days following a formal public announcement.

In addition, Cook said he hopes to provide the community with an opportunity to meet Smolik during a public forum.

The board’s search for a new CEO began in early January following the resignation of former CEO George Rohrich. Less than two weeks later, the board and its management company, Quorum Health Resources, announced the appointment of Joyce Grove Hein as interim CEO.

Hein has been with QHR since 2007 and has served in various interim positions with QHR-managed hospitals.

More details on Smolik and the board’s decision will be published in the Saturday Morning Press.

Joe Moylan can be reached at 970-875-1794 or


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