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Bartlett Regional Hospital CEO resigns

Posted: September 25, 2013 - 1:58pm  |  Updated: September 25, 2013 - 11:13pm
Christine Harff
Christine Harff

Bartlett Regional Hospital CEO Christine Harff handed in her resignation during an executive session with the hospital’s Board of Directors Tuesday evening, the hospital announced Wednesday.

The resignation is expected to be effective Oct. 18. Her stint as CEO ends just over a year after it began. Harff’s first day on the job was Aug. 15, 2012.

Board of Directors President Linda Thomas said in a press release that “Juneau’s community hospital was not a good fit for Ms. Harff.”

The release went on to say an interim CEO is expected to be named within a month.

Her departure comes on the heels of a large investigation into personnel complaints of harassment, verbal threats and an overall hostile work environment at the city-owned hospital.

A public records request by the Juneau Empire for the investigation results and copies of emails in Harff’s work account regarding the investigation was denied.

Harff came to Bartlett from Minnesota where she previously worked as the CEO of Sanford Medical Center in Thief River Falls, Minn.

The University of Minnesota graduate is a registered nurse and holds a Juris Doctor degree from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn.

Prior to administrative roles, Harff worked as a registered nurse in the trauma intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle — field experience that initially gave her favor with the Bartlett staff for her understanding of their work. She also worked in nursing at two other Seattle-area hospitals.

Contact reporter Matt Woolbright at 523-2243 or at matthew.woolbright@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/reportermatt.

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