Hospital commission accepts Tozier's resignation

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Eureka Springs Hospital Commission now has an open seat.

On Monday night, the commission voted to approve Mark Tozier's resignation. Commissioner Michael Merry said Tozier is selling his home in Carroll County and can't serve on the commission anymore.

"He's looking to avoid conflicts, so he's leaving the commission now," Merry said.

Also at the meeting, the commission heard from Vicki Andert on how things are going at the hospital. Andert said the hospital has lost two employees, saying her internship for the CEO position will be complete May 31. Andert will then work as a CNO at the hospital, she said, beginning June 1.

"Will we not have a CEO in the position here?" Merry asked.

"I'm emailing corporate," Andert said. "They say they have an applicant they're looking at."

Merry asked Andert about the situation at Dardanelle Community Hospital, which is also run by Allegiance Health Management. The hospital has recently been shut down, Merry said, after experiencing a financial crisis.

"Do you share any fears that might possibly be an outcome for us?" Merry asked.

Andert said she's not worried about Eureka Springs Hospital closing.

"I base that off the fact that we have paid off the last large Medicare recoupment," Andert said. "We are also getting a significant Medicaid payback, so what I'm seeing now is we're slowly starting to be able to make some movement toward catching up with our vendors."

Andert continued, "I feel like as long as we've got the support of the physicians, we're going to be fine. The Medicare recoupment is what we have been struggling to pay off over the past two years. That's what we just finally finished."

"That's a really big deal," Merry said.

"Yes, that's a huge deal," Andert said.

The commission's next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, June 17, at ECHO community room.

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