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Bartlett's new CFO welcomed at meeting

Brough says he is 'grateful' for Juneau hospital job

Posted: September 25, 2012 - 11:05pm
Ken Brough, the new chief financial officer for Bartlett Regional Hospital, introduces himself to the hospital board during a their Tuesday board meeting.  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Ken Brough, the new chief financial officer for Bartlett Regional Hospital, introduces himself to the hospital board during a their Tuesday board meeting.

Ken Brough, the new chief financial officer at Bartlett Regional Hospital, participated in his first meeting of Bartlett’s board of directors Tuesday evening, where he was introduced by the hospital’s chief executive officer.

Hospital CEO Chris Harff, who started at Bartlett last month, began her report to the board by welcoming Brough to the hospital.

“I can say with pretty much certainty I’m probably the happiest person he’s here,” Harff said, eliciting laughter from the board members.

Brough was previously the CFO of Star Valley Medical Center in Afton, Wyo. His hiring was announced last month.

While Brough was originally slated to begin work at Bartlett in early October, he was able to move up his starting date by two weeks. He arrived last Monday.

“It’s a great organization here,” Brough said. “I’m grateful that you’ve given me the opportunity to come here, because it’s really an opportunity to come here.”

Brough has seven adult children, he said, one of whom lives on Prince of Wales Island with her husband.

“I’ve been up here a lot, and I decided now was the time to make the move,” said Brough, referring to Southeast Alaska.

Board President Robert Storer, participating by telephone, spoke up after Brough concluded his remarks.

“Welcome, Ken,” Storer said. “If Chris gets to be the happiest person, I’ll be the second-happiest.”

Harff noted Brough’s help in a recent meeting she had with Cerner Corp. on the hospital’s planned electronic health record system.

“The way our contract was done has us kind of paying for this year and not doing a lot, and we’ve asked them to reopen that so we start our partnership out on a fair note,” Harff said. “Ken was very good at working through that a little more nicely, so I could say what I thought a little more freely, so that was a great partnership to have. Ken has that nice calming demeanor, and it worked out very, very well.”

Brough also presented the report on Bartlett’s most recent Finance Committee meeting to the board, at acting chairman Reed Reynolds’s suggestion.

Until this January, Bartlett’s top administrators — its CEO and CFO — were employees of Brentwood, Tenn.-based health care management firm Quorum Health Resources.

The hospital switched over to having those officers be hired directly by the board as city employees, displacing then-CEO Shawn Morrow and then-CFO Garth Hamblin. It then embarked on a nationwide search to fill the positions, ultimately settling on first Harff and then Brough for the respective positions.

Prior to Harff’s arrival last month, the hospital was led by John Vowell as interim CEO.

Brough’s role was previously filled by interim CFO Dennis Stillman, who ended his work at Bartlett earlier this month.

With the accession of both Harff and Brough, Storer said, the work of Bartlett’s management transition committee is complete.

“The work is done and the committee has been disbanded,” said Storer. “If there’s something more formal that needs to be done, please let me know.”

Dr. Nathan Peimann, another member of the board, confirmed that the committee is dissolved, saying, “All you have to do is fulfill your goals and objectives, and your ad hoc committee is done.”

• Contact reporter Mark D. Miller at 523-2279 or at mark.d.miller@juneauempire.com.

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