UPDATED INFO: Hospital Board Chairman Resigns

In an unexpected move, the chairman of the board of trustees at the Beaufort County Medical Center stepped down Tuesday. Not only was an interim chairman picked but members also voted on a new plan for the hospital's CEO situation.

Five minutes into Tuesday night's authority board meeting at Beaufort County Medical Center, the chairman, Sandy Hardy announced his resignation.

Hardy said he was resigning because of the direction the board was headed and though it needed new leadership. Board members unanimously voted in Alice Mills-Sadler to be the interim chair.

Next on the agenda, what to do about the hospital's CEO situation.

In a more controversial 5-4 vote, the board decided not to hire a new interim CEO but instead continue with the hospital's acting CEO, Susan Gerard, and increase her salary by 20-percent because of an increased amount of work.

And now that the CEO situation is resolved, the board plans to focus on finding the hospital a partner to help take over some of its financial burdens. A request for proposal was reviewed, revised, and will be released to potential suitors.

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There's another big change at Beaufort County Medical Center. Last month the hospital president resigned, and now the chairman of the hospital's board of trustees has stepped down.

Sandy Hardy made that announcement at a specially called board meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Hardy said with the direction the board is headed new leadership is necessary.

Current board vice-chair Alice Sadler was named the new chairman of the hospital board.

Beaufort County Medical Center has been through several changes lately. Members are considering selling or leasing the hospital.

In a 5 to 4 vote by the Hospital's Board of Authority, it decided to continue with their Interim CEO Susan Shaw Gerard and consider an adjustment to her salary for her increased amount of work.


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