The Bartlett Regional Hospital board of directors has named Nathan Rumsey, the hospital’s executive director of business development and strategy, as its interim CEO.
Members selected Rumsey in a unanimous vote Tuesday evening following an executive session meeting that lasted more than an hour. He will begin his new position on Aug. 21.
“We’re excited to have you in this position and we look forward to working with you,” said Board President Kenny Solomon-Gross to Rumsey following the vote.
According to an information release shared by hospital spokesperson Erin Hardin, resigning CEO David Keith will remain with the hospital to provide support to the hospital board and Rumsey through a 90-day transition period that began following the announcement of his resignation in early August.
Keith’s departure, alongside Chief Financial Officer Sam Muse who resigned on July 26, came in the wake of multiple controversies at the hospital, which included accusations of “inhumane” treatment of patients and mismanagement of staff. Information about a possible replacement for Muse’s position has not been shared.
According to the information release, Rumsey first joined the hospital in 2022, following his exit from a more than 20-year-long career with the U.S. Coast Guard. In his later years there he served as commander of the Civil Engineering Unit Juneau. In his current position with the hospital, Rumsey “is responsible for driving the strategic growth of the organization and supervises a diverse team who provide rehabilitation, physician, facilities, and food services.”
“I appreciate the board’s confidence in me and the senior leadership team,” he said in a prepared statement. “I want to continue to support the great care this organization delivers to the community and create and sustain a work environment that enables our employees to thrive.”
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