Hospital commission narrows down CEO applicants

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

By Samantha Jones

The Eureka Springs Hospital Commission is working toward hiring a new CEO.

On Monday night, the commission held an executive session that lasted approximately 54 minutes to discuss CEO applicants. When the commission returned from executive session, chairman John House announced that the commissioners ranked the applicants.

“We have five that we are going to interview, we have four that we have ruled out and we have some we are keeping in reserve,” House said. “For privacy purposes of the applicants, we will keep those names private for now.”

Also at the meeting, commissioner Tyson Burden updated the commission on the status of chief financial officer Scott Stone’s contract. The commission previously addressed Stone’s contract on Nov. 10 when Burden said Stone is planning to sell his business and leave his position at the hospital when his contract expires on Jan. 31. The commission asked Burden to see if Stone would be willing to extend his contract by a few months until they could hire a new CEO and Burden said he would.

On Monday night, Burden said Stone is open to extending his contract to March 31 with the assistance of Brent Seay, who is buying Stone’s business. Burden moved to accept the extension of Stone’s contract and the commission unanimously agreed to do so.

In other business, the commission voted on new officers for 2021. The commissioners named Burden chairman, Barbara Dicks vice chair, Jean Reed secretary and Kent Turner treasurer.

The commission also heard from interim CEO Angie Shaw, who said the hospital doesn’t have any COVID-19 patients at the moment.

“We’ve done a lot of testing,” Shaw said.

The commission’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at the Aud.

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