Ryan released as hospital CEO

Mike Ryan was relieved of his duties as chief executive officer of Hillsboro Community Hospital Sept. 22 after 11 years on the job.

Gordon Docking, executive vice president of HMC/CAH Consoli?dated Inc., the corporate owner of HCH, declined to elaborate on the reasons for the transition, but said a new CEO has been hired.

The announcement of Ryan?s replacement will be made this week, he said. In the meantime, Bill May, vice president of operations for HMC/CAH, will serve as interim CEO.

In related news, Docking said he anticipated the hospital would have a contract in place with a part-time doctor who will provide supervision for Laurie Methvin, whose hiring as a nurse practitioner at the hospital?s new medical clinic was announced last week. But as of Monday afternoon, the contract had not been finalized. The name of the physician will be announced once the contract is signed.

Docking also addressed rumors that Hillsboro Com?munity Hospital is in danger of closing.

?The hospital is financially viable,? he said. ?It is coming off a very solid month financially, and we are having a solid year financially. The hospital is not in danger of going out of business. Our company still has the strong desire to build a replacement hospital.

?In the meantime, we have a nice hospital and we are operating this hospital as effectively as we can.?

He said HMC/CAH is actively recruiting physicians for the hospital and clinic.

?Ultimately, what we want to have is a full-time doctor, and we have an interview with a physician Friday evening who approached us,? Docking said.

?There are a couple of other physicians we have met with who are very interested in this community, but are not available because of residency program and commitments for another year.?

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