Bartlett Regional Hospital's Chief Financial Officer has resigned, according to hospital officials. Benson is the third executive to resign from BRH in the last four months. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Hospital CFO resigns

Departure marks third exec to leave

Kevin Benson has resigned as Bartlett Regional Hospital chief financial officer, the hospital announced. His departure marks the third high-profile resignation at the hospital since September.

According to Amanda Black, interim director of marketing and strategy at the hospital, Jan. 28 will be Benson’s last day on the job. She said the hospital is in the process of finding an interim CFO.

“Mr. Benson has served as the CFO for over three years and has contributed to the success of many BRH initiatives,” Black said in a Monday afternoon email to the Empire.

Early last year, Benson served as interim CEO while hospital officials conducted a search to replace Chuck Bill, who retired. After a nationwide search, longtime BRH employee Rose Lawhorne was appointed CEO in April.

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In September Lawhorne abruptly resigned from the top job after just six months in the post.

At the time of her resignation, City and Borough of Juneau City Manager, Rorie Watt, said Lawhorne resigned amid news of an inappropriate personal relationship with a subordinate staff member, which violates city policy.

A few days later, hospital officials announced the resignation of chief behavioral health officer Bradley Grigg. KTOO previously reported that Grigg’s departure is part of an active criminal investigation.

On Monday, Black declined to comment on the report.

“As for the request for information on Mr. Grigg, BRH has no comment,” Black wrote in an email to the Empire.

In late October, Jerel Humphrey stepped into the top job at Bartlett. He’s the fourth chief executive officer — and the third person to hold the position on an interim basis since January 2021.

Humphrey replaced Kathy Callahan, who came out of retirement to temporarily serve as interim CEO after Lawhorne’s resignation.

Contact reporter Dana Zigmund at dana.zigmund@juneauempire.com or 907-308-4891.

Kevin Benson, chief financial officer at Bartlett Regional Hospital, is leaving his post later this month. (Download/BRH website)

Kevin Benson, chief financial officer at Bartlett Regional Hospital, is leaving his post later this month. (Download/BRH website)

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