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Sitka hospital CEO to retire

Posted: December 26, 2013 - 1:07am

SITKA — Sitka Community Hospital’s CEO plans to retire in June after four years in the position.

“I have a great deal of confidence that the hospital is heading in the right direction,” Hugh Hallgren told the Daily Sitka Sentinel.

Hallgren and his wife, Tanya, plan to move to Yuma, Ariz., where Tanya has accepted a counseling position with the U.S. Marine Corps.

The hospital board announced the planned retirement Monday, and members said the hospital is in better shape since Hallgren took over.

“When he came we were just trying to haul ourselves out of a rough financial time,” board secretary Ann Wilkinson said. “He’s led the effort sending us into better times. He’s stabilized finances, added services and reinstated OB services, and other services that the community asked for.”

New options, such as reinstating surgical services and specialty clinics, were added at patients’ request, Hallgren said.

“The whole basis has been to allow people to stay on the island, to get health care, should they so desire,” he said. “It’s something that’s been very popular.”

The board will recruit a new CEO before Hallgren’s departure, using the hospital’s consulting firm, Quality Health Resources.

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