An investigation into complaints from employees at Bartlett Regional Hospital has concluded. The hospital board of directors announced Wednesday that they’d reviewed the investigation results and have instructed CEO Christine Harff to take action.
“We view this as an opportunity to continue to make Bartlett the best community hospital in Alaska,” the release stated. “The Board has instructed the Chief Executive Officer to take active steps to address the issues that were brought forward.”
Spokesperson Jim Strader said the results of the investigation were being treated as a personnel matter and would not be made public. He said the actions Harff would take are still to be determined.
“They are, at this point, being developed. They do largely center around improving communication,” Strader said. “The action plan will be developed over the next few weeks and discussed in committee meetings and board meetings. It’s a work in progress.”
In July the Juneau Empire reported that the hospital had made 82 new hires during the first three quarters of fiscal year 2012-13. During that time, 125 employees left the hospital; forty-six were voluntary resignations and nine were involuntary.
The announcement addressed rumors made during the investigation about the sale of the hospital. The board said it intends for Bartlett to remain locally controlled and publicly owned.
Earlier this year the board and the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly approved cutting 15 positions from the 400-employee staff. The board also announced that Harff is recommending reductions to the hospital’s staff happen through attrition and retirement. The recommendation will be reviewed at the next hospital board finance meeting.
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