Unicoi County hospital CEO placed on leave

Brad Hicks • Jul 6, 2012 at 9:07 AM

ERWIN — The chief executive officer of Unicoi County Memorial Hospital remains on administrative leave, and the hospital’s board of control is set to further discuss the matter Monday.

The board will be meeting in a special called session at 5 p.m. in the board room at the hospital. One of the items on the board’s agenda is “CEO determination.”

This meeting follows a prior decision to place hospital CEO Jim Pate on 30-day paid administrative leave. Board member and Unicoi County Chairwoman Sue Jean Wilson said this decision was due to health issues recently experienced by Pate.

Wilson said the board met in a called session on June 18. Following that meeting, the board’s Executive Committee, which consists of the board’s chairman, vice-chairman and secretary, met to discuss Pate’s issues and what the best course of action would be, Wilson said. She said other board members were later contacted to get their approval on the decision.

After it was decided Pate would be placed on leave, members of the board met with him on June 22 to present him with a letter notifying him of the decision.

Like Wilson, UCHM Board of Control Chairman Todd Love said more information on the committee’s decision to place Pate on what Love referred to as “executive/health leave” and the position of hospital CEO would be made available at Monday’s meeting.

“There’s so many things we’re trying to work out in the strategic planning,” Love said.

The hospital’s financial officer, Toni Buchanan, has been filling in as interim CEO since Pate has been on leave.

When contacted Thursday, Pate said he had no comment on the matter.

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