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Bartlett Board seeks short-term and long-term solutions

Chief of staff and board president end terms in 2011

Posted: December 28, 2011 - 1:02am
Bartlett Regional Hospital CEO Shawn Morrow, sitting, and CFO Garth Hamblin attend the BRH Board  Meeting Tuesday.  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Bartlett Regional Hospital CEO Shawn Morrow, sitting, and CFO Garth Hamblin attend the BRH Board Meeting Tuesday.

Bartlett’s Board of Directors Tuesday laid out its ongoing actions to replace two executive positions currently provided by long-term contractor Quantum Health Resources.

Board President Kristen Bomengen said the board is focusing on two main goals. First the board will find and select interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officers.

“While we will look at changes with this contract with Quorum,” Bomengen said, much of this search has been done in executive session to avoid the release of sensitive information.

The board will then find and select permanent executives, Bomengen said. Bartlett staff will develop executive position descriptions.

“We did not necessarily have (that) in place before,” Bomengen said.

She said the board will also have to secure an exemption from the city’s Public Employees’ Retirement System for those positions since they have never worked in PERS before.

Executive candidates will also be tested by the city and Borough of Juneau Model Assessment Center, Bomengen said. The center tests organizational abilities and performance skills among other skills.

Quorum has been the management company for Bartlett for decades. It recently re-won its contract in a competitive bid with PeaceHealth and Alliant Management Services. However, in the new contract Bartlett’s Board of Directors decided the chief executive officer and chief financial officer would be employees of the city, not the company.

Quorum Health Resources Inc. is a nationwide firm that manages over 250 hospitals. This relationship allows Juneau the benefits and purchasing power of a nationwide company.

Bartlett’s current CEO is Shawn Morrow and Garth Hamblin is its CFO.

The board’s actions do not necessarily mean Morrow and Hamblin are out right away, however. Communications Director Jim Strader said interim agreements could be possible. Quorum’s current contract, which was extended six months, expires Jan. 31.

The board went into an executive session at end of meeting Tuesday night to discuss CEO and CFO options further. The board will report on the executive session at a future meeting, Bomengen said.

Although the City and Borough of Juneau own the land and assets of the hospital, the hospital is an enterprise fund with the board responsible for the economic viability and oversight of management of medical operational issues, according to Bartlett’s website.

The funds to operate Bartlett Regional Hospital come from patient services.

At Tuesday’s meeting the board also said goodbye to its current Chief of Staff, Anne Standerwick, and Board Member, Kevin Sullivan, who has served for four and a half years.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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