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Ex-medical center CEO leaves board of directors

August 23, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - The woman who resigned as Fulton County Medical Center's CEO last week amid mounting public pressure to do so has left the board of directors, medical center officials said Tuesday.

The resignation of Diane J. Palmer and an additional one by Joseph Antoon earlier this week leaves the 14-member board with three vacancies as it embarks on a $37 million building project, searches for a new CEO and CFO, and attempts to improve public relations.

The board has increased the frequency of its meetings and has formed several review committees in response to the tasks it faces.

Interim Board Chairman Lynn Palmer, no relation to the former CEO, said operations at the medical center should not be negatively affected by the changes.

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"It's not a time for gloating. It's a time for healing," Lynn Palmer said.

Jason Hawkins, the medical center's CFO, is acting as the interim CEO, although he also has submitted his resignation. Hawkins agreed with the board that the effective date for that could be extended, according to Lynn Palmer.

A committee is evaluating its options to fill the administrative vacancies. Those options include consultants, headhunters and companies that provide interim administrators, Lynn Palmer said.

Letters from people interested in serving on the board may be sent to the medical center at 216 S. First St., McConnellsburg, PA 17233.

"Anyone can submit names to the nominating committee," Marketing Director Misty Hershey said.

Hershey described the board's composition of people from "all walks of life."

"I know they try to get someone from each business arena, so we can get a well-rounded board," Hershey said.

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