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Bartlett hopes to name interim CEO soon

Posted: September 30, 2013 - 9:59pm  |  Updated: October 1, 2013 - 12:02am

Bartlett Regional Hospital won’t be without a CEO of some sort at its helm for long — if all goes as planned.

The Board of Directors convened for a special meeting Monday night to go over the process of finding, interviewing and choosing an interim CEO, all before outgoing CEO Christine Harff’s last day on Oct. 18.

“We’re going to move as expeditiously as possible,” Board of Directors President Linda Thomas said at the start of the special meeting.

That process will be spearheaded by City and Borough of Juneau Human Resources Director Mila Cosgrove, along with board members Robert Storer, Alex Malter and Mary Borthwick, who were named to an ad hoc interim CEO search committee formed Tuesday.

Cosgrove is now taking over the Human Resources Department of the city-owned hospital after the hospital’s human resource administrator, Norma Adams, handed in her resignation in mid-September. Her last day on the job was Monday.

The resignations of Adams and Harff come on the heels of a large investigation into personnel complaints of harassment, verbal threats and an overall hostile work environment at the public 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.

Finalists for the interim CEO position will be interviewed by the entire board on Oct. 17, and the plan is to have a permanent CEO named by June 30 of next year.

The interim CEO will be tasked with several primary objectives. Those include working on a full call schedule for the medical staff, ensuring the continuity of the compliance department in the event of any looming retirements, working on major projects for the hospital and working with the city on the 2015 budget.

The temporary leader will also be responsible for part of the union negotiations and maintaining quality assurance standards at the hospital.

One board member on the interim search committee said those goals might be too lofty for a temporary CEO when the most recent leader failed to live up to expectations.

“We can put in whatever we want, but I don’t have the highest expectations anything we put in is going to come to fruition,” Malter said.

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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