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Top hospital official resigns

February 07, 2004|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

A top official with Washington County Hospital's parent company resigned this week.

Barry Nickelsberg - the executive director of development, community relations and marketing for Washington County Health System - resigned effective Wednesday, spokeswoman Maureen Theriault said Thursday.

Theriault would not comment on the circumstances of Nickelsberg's resignation.

Asked if Nickelsberg left his Health System position to take another job, Theriault said, "What Barry does after working at Washington County Hospital is his own business."

Health System President and Chief Executive Officer James P. Hamill was referring all questions to Theriault, Health System employee Nancy Rothrock said.

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Nickelsberg did not return messages left at his home and on his cell phone Thursday and Friday.

The Health System's Web site also listed Nickelsberg as executive director of Antietam Healthcare Foundation, a subsidiary that raises money for the hospital and health programs.

The Web site said Nickelsberg was president of an international fund-raising consulting organization from 1981 to 2000, "during which time he is credited with helping not for profit organizations worldwide to raise more than $1 billion."

Nickelsberg had been a member of the Community Rescue Service board of directors, but left last fall "because of time constraints," said John Shaw, the acting president.

Elizabeth Lay, executive director of the Washington County Arts Council, said Friday that Nickelsberg still is president of the council's board of directors. She said she found out he had resigned from his Health System job when she talked to him briefly Friday, but the conversation then turned to Arts Council business.

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