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Bartlett hashes out next steps for management transition

Posted: December 22, 2011 - 1:06am

The Management Transition Committee for Bartlett Regional Hospital spent hours Wednesday night looking for a recommendation on a long-term hiring process for two top officials.

With the negotiation of a new contract with the hospital’s management company, Quorum Health Services, the board wanted to see the hospital’s top two employees as city employees, not employees of the company.

One major problem lies within that stipulation — both Chief Executive Officer Shawn Morrow and Chief Financial Officer Garth Hamblin have one-year post-employment non-compete clauses. The hospital board had asked QHR to waive those non-compete clauses, as the two have made long-term commitments to living in Juneau, but QHR declined.

Wednesday night’s meeting had two goals — to come to a conclusion on a resolution for transition management, and to make a recommendation for a long-term hiring process, said board and committee member Bob Storer.

Morrow also asked to speak to the committee about some recommendations he came up with. The committee granted the request, but all discussion for the committee tasks and Morrow’s recommendation was moved to executive session because the discussions could “impact the finances of the hospital.”

At Monday’s regular hospital board meeting, Communications Director Jim Strader indicated there may be some options for interim work for the duo. But long-term options on the surface don’t look so rosy because of the contract agreements.

Aside from the committee, all of the regular board members attended for at least some of the meeting.

The committee is expected to make a recommendation to the full board at the board’s meeting Tuesday night at 5:15 p.m. in the BRH Administrative Boardroom. The committee was still meeting and it was unclear if they would come to a consensus on the two topics as of press time Wednesday night. A board member stepped out of the room briefly to say the meeting was expected to take quite a while longer. The board member was not optimistic about a Wednesday night resolution at that time.

• Contact reporter Sarah Day at 523-2279 or at sarah.day@juneauempire.com.

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