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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  • by RN Location: Washington on Jul 23, 2010 at 12:46 PM
    Why do people make things so hard? The board helped facilitate the problem the hospital is in and now they feel they can fix it. What? The board didn't see this coming? Truth is none of those people are intelligent enough or know enough about health care. That's what's wrong in the first place. Make it simple...just let someone take over the hospital, then we won't have to hear anymore stupid ideas from Hood or Alice!
  • by Provider Location: Washington on Jul 21, 2010 at 09:47 AM
    Time quit making noise and start making progress. The board needs to formulate a plan and execute. Any organization will progress with direction and leadership. The process will be able to evolve as long as it is moving. Right now it is stagnant. Go Read business 101 again folks.
  • by scared on Jul 15, 2010 at 08:28 PM
    What happens when the County owns all the land around the hospital? They'll be able to decide the fate of all our employees and they know nothing about health care. We all know and have heard Hood hates our hospital. We feel doomed. Health care reform Hood = no BRHS.
  • by Crystal Location: Washington on Jul 15, 2010 at 04:59 PM
    Anonymous, say what you will about the beaufort observer but we wouldn't know nearly as much about what is going on without them. It's about time somebody in this town exposed these corrupt people. ANd you don't think WDN is propaganda? Ha.
  • by 20/20 vision on Jul 15, 2010 at 11:33 AM
    Wish they would do something to get Hood to resign. My parents use to say if a man talked tooo much he knew nothing !!!
  • by see it clearly on Jul 15, 2010 at 05:57 AM
    wow, seems to me that upper managment is reading alot of this stuff and posting. They are running scared!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 15, 2010 at 04:51 AM
    Wake up people - giving a 20% increase for someone now doing two jobs is a lot cheaper than hiring an entire new person and have another salary to pay. It probably saved your job employees, who only have negative things to say about upper management.
  • by employee Location: washington on Jul 14, 2010 at 10:30 PM
    This is such bull..give 20% to the Upper Mgmt..but lay off hard working employee's that keep the hospital running..yea...and people wonder why the hospital has no money and is close to shutting the doors! UHS please BUY BCMC! Give the people of Beaufort a functional, up to date hospital to come to close to their home!
  • by Reality Check Location: Washington on Jul 14, 2010 at 02:01 PM
    Grease wont jump out of the pan until the heat gets turned up!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 14, 2010 at 01:26 PM
    People need to stop pimping the Beaufort Observer website. It is great that they have video of the meetings but their articles are very biased. The BO is nothing but political propaganda with a tabloid spin. It doesn't matter what action the BCMC Board or interim CEO takes the BO will find fault. There is no one as perfect as the "reporter", I use that term lightly, at the BO. I just wish that someone would critique his every move and see how he likes it.
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