House resigns from hospital commission
By Samantha Jones
Eureka Springs Hospital Commission chairman Dr. John House is stepping down from the commission.
House announced last week that he will be leaving the hospital commission at the end of December. In an email, House writes that officers serve for two years, so someone will be replacing him as chairman in January.
“I’ve made the very difficult decision to leave the hospital commission at the end of the month,” House writes. “I realize there are still 18 months left in my term, but with all the extra demands placed on healthcare workers due to the pandemic, I feel that I’m unable to give the commission the time and attention it needs at this important moment in history.”
In a phone interview, House reiterated that he doesn’t have enough time for both his patients and the hospital commission. House works as a physician at the Washington Regional Eureka Springs Family Clinic.
“I’m just so overwhelmed with everything going on here at the clinic. With the pandemic, I just feel like I’m not doing a good job of staying on top of things,” House said. “I feel like it would be best for someone with more time to take that spot on the commission.”
House said both of his responsibilities need “a lot of time and I just don’t have much.”
Also in the email, House writes that Eureka Springs Hospital chief financial officer Scott Stone is continuing as the CFO until the end of the year.
“I haven’t seen it yet, but there is a proposed contract extension for him until the end of March on the agenda for our next meeting,” House writes.
House writes that the hospital has someone covering every crucial position, saying a temporary pharmacist is filling in until someone is hired permanently for that position. A respiratory therapist recently left the hospital, House writes, but there are two other respiratory therapists on staff.
“So respiratory services are being delivered as always,” House writes.
House’s last commission meeting was Monday, Dec. 21.