Washington County Hospital CEO Retires

Washington County Hospital is looking for a new chief operating officer after the current CEO retired on Monday.

Betty Bowen had worked at the Plymouth hospital for the past 40 years.

Gordon Docking, CEO for the hospital's parent company HMC/CAH Consolidated, says they were advised a couple of weeks ago that Bowen was going to retire. They have brought in Don Buchanon as interim CEO until a permanent one can be named. He says Bowen retired on her own.

Last month the 49-bed hospital laid off 15 employees, but Docking says there are no more cutbacks planned.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Drumright, OK on Feb 17, 2011 at 02:29 PM
    They underestimate the citizens of Drumright. Don't forget-this is a wild west oil boom town. We may be small, but we aren't stupid.
  • by Anonymous Location: Tulsa Oklahoma on Feb 16, 2011 at 09:16 AM
    This company did the same thing in Drumright Oklahoma. It only took them a year to run the little hospital into the ground, with the help of the local CEO (home town boy) It is a crying shame. They may be involved with the Kansas City Mafia.
  • by savvy Location: ENC on Jan 27, 2011 at 09:39 AM
    To clinician - it sounds like your license is at stake. Are you aware that you can anonymously report unsafe work conditions to the NC Division of Health Service Regulation Complaint Hotline? 1-800-624-3004 (within N.C.) or 919-855-4500. You can also file a report with OSHA that you are not receiving the breaks that you are entitled to by law. And, even though it is only an accrediting organization, you can also file an anonymous complaint with JCAHO on issues of "safety and quality of care:" http://www.jointcommission.org/report_a_complaint.aspx Just thought you would like to know!
  • by Former Employee Location: WCH on Jan 26, 2011 at 06:54 AM
    Betty - many have been treated poorly over the last few months but none as bad as you! You gave almost 40 years of your life to WCH! That speaks volumes of your loyalty, compassion and dedication for the heatlhcare in the community. Hold your head up high and know that people know the real deal about your "retirement". People in North Carolina are most definitely smarter than the ding-dongs in Kansas give us credit for. What comes around goes around and eventually the scapegoats in the community hospitals will all be "retired" and the folks in Kansas will finally be held accountable for their actions and poor decisions! Your dedication will never be forgotten!!
  • by in the same boat Location: yadkin county on Jan 25, 2011 at 06:59 PM
    To Washington County Hospital employees- I feel your pain! We are going through the same exact thing at our hospital-Yadkin Valley Community Hospital in Yadkin County, NC. We were "so blessed" to have the same Kansas liars and gold-diggers to run our hospital into the ground as well. We have lost NUMEROUS employees, can't pay for supplies, can't even pay the Pepsi man for patient nutrition! We have to get it on credit from a local Food Lion. That is completely insane. This company is full of empty promises. The community has suffered because of the lack of services we no longer offer and they know whats going on. I don't blame them for not coming here either. Patient safety is not a concern as we are a skeletal crew as well. If something were to happen it would be the providers license, not the companies, found responisble. It's not safe care. It's not the standard of care. It's simply an embarrassment to our community & this company could care less about the way employees are treated.
  • by worried and tired clinician Location: WCH on Jan 25, 2011 at 09:37 AM
    To our new CEO "Don" - our staff has been cut to the bone. Coming to work lately is like a meat grinder. Often we work 12 hours without time to sit down to eat, swallow some water to rehydrate, or even go to the bathroom. We leave our shifts exhausted, famished, and with a full bladder. Morale is in the toilet. On night shift, we operate with such a bare-bones skeleton crew that if we were to have a CODE BLUE, there is not enough staff in the building to handle it. We have no unit secretary at night, so when we have new admissions from the ER, we are faced with daunting stacks of paperwork with double and triple charting to complete. It is very difficult to get all this paperwork done, being short-staffed as we are, and provide the quality care that our patients deserve. Are you like the "Tin Man" on the Wizard of Oz? Being only concerned about dollar signs, but no heart? Please help us.
  • by concerned businessman Location: plymouth on Jan 24, 2011 at 05:12 PM
    Why would someone come in, work for an hour, then Supposedly "retire" @ 9:00 am or so??? Then come back late afternoon to retrive their personal effects which were gathered by a third party???
  • by upset emplyee Location: WCH on Jan 23, 2011 at 06:34 AM
    To the Wash Co Commissioners: Why, oh why, did you not accept the offer from UHS years ago? We would now be enjoying a fine flourishing facility like the UHS satellite hospitals in Edenton or Ahoskie. Instead, we have a group of liars, scoundrels, and Kansans City style Carpetbaggers running our hospital. We literally don't know what's up from one day to the next. And we can't trust a word they say. In the immortal words of Laurel and Hardy, "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten us into."
  • by employee Location: wch on Jan 23, 2011 at 05:16 AM
    Dear Betty, since Corporate obviously did not appreciate your hard work and dedication over the past 40 years to quality healthcare in our community, let me take the time now to pen the "Letter of Appreciation" that you should have received. Thank you, Betty, for your warm smile and caring heart. Thank you for your enthusiasm and ability to motivate us. I appreciate your efforts and the assistance you gave to us. Your hard work and dedication to our hospital over the years has not gone unnoticed and truly made a difference. If I had an award to give, you would have been the prime candidate. Please accept my sincerest appreciation for the superior job you did as CEO. Thank you for all your efforts. Betty, hold your head high and carry on. Hopefully, you will now find a place of employment that truly appreciates the wonderful talented person you are.
  • by Chris Harris Location: Greenville on Jan 22, 2011 at 07:09 PM
    A vital part of this hospital will never be the same with out Betty. This place has been doomed since Bunny Sanders encouraged the county commissioners to sell the hospital in 2000. "What this place needs is a financial infusion". I remember her saying one night. well, the county got a small one after you finally got rid of the red headed step child of the county. So get your head around this, this is not what is best for the county, or it's people. You gave that up when you sold the only place you could rely on quality care close to home. Good luck in the future, 5 years from now you will have a 1.5 million dollar urgent care center, who will eventually transfer you to PCMH. Plymouth and Washington County is getting the rewards of their leaders who are and always will be educated far beyond their intelligents.
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