CEO Mel Snow leaves Murray County Medical CenterPublished by on
SLAYTON— Medical staff has been leaving in droves, and now the CEO has resigned from the Murray County Medical Center.
From a news release issued by Davis Communications Management: “Murray County Medical Center's chief executive officer, Meldon Snow, formally left his position effective Friday, March 14. The hospital's seven member board accepted Snow's resignation and will be launching a search for his replacement.”
“We appreciate Mel’s years of service to our community. The Board will begin the search for a new CEO immediately,” said hospital board chair Bob Moline.
Moline goes on to say the Murray County Medical Center is special because it has remained publically owned and managed. He denies rumors about selling the hospital to a private healthcare system.
“The Murray County Medical Center is not for sale,” Moline said. “We are committed to keeping Murray County Medical Center a publicly owned and operated hospital. We firmly believe it is in the best interests of our community.”
Snow became chief executive officer of the Murray County Medical Center in 2006. While there, the hospital added a new 32,000 square foot addition, did extensive renovations on existing space and opened a 5,000 square foot clinic in Fulda. He also started a Murray County Medical Center Foundation.
"We have just finished a period of extraordinary growth as we added new specialties, new facilities and staff," said Moline. "Mel brought Murray County Medical Center into a new era."
But not all has been smooth sailing – in fact, some would say the opposite is true. During Snow’s tenure, staff has become divided, a physician’s assistant was suspended after reporting some practices and the hospital and Snow are now part of a federal lawsuit. Medical personnel have left in a steady stream in the past several months, and one of the parting nurse practitioners referred to the atmosphere as oppressive. She likened the divided staff to playground bullies.
The release states over the past six years, the Murray County Medical Center has recruited several physicians for specialties such as internal medicine, general surgery and orthopedics. In 2007 Murray County Medical Center participated in the development of Southwest Minnesota Radiology, which provides radiation therapy at a clinic in Worthington.
More statistics from the press release: “In 2012 patient revenue topped $17 million, $3 million more than when Snow arrived.
“Employee salaries increased by $2.5 million during the same time period. The hospital is one of the county's largest employers, with more than 150 employees. The financial performance of the hospital has been strong. The accounting firm CliftonAllenLarson, which audits Murray County Medical Center, has ranked it against the top performing 35 "critical access hospitals" facilities in the country from 2009 to 2011.
“The medical center outperformed industry leaders and peers in several financial categories ranging from “percent growth in net patient revenues” to debt service. The study compares Murray County Medical Center to 1,332 critical care hospitals in the country.”