Jete Edmisson, who was hired last month to serve as the interim consultant CEO for Unicoi County Memorial Hospital for a 30-day period by the hospital’s Board of Control, will have a little more time on the job.
At a called meeting held July 9, the Board of Control voted to accept the resignation of the hospital’s former CEO, Jim Pate, and voted to contract with Spectrum Health Partners to conduct a review of the hospital’s operation. The hiring of a consulting firm was a stipulation of the May agreement between the hospital and the town of Erwin that saw the town loan the hospital $800,000. It was estimated that this review would take six to eight weeks to complete.
That same evening, the Board of Control voted to hire Edmisson, a senior advisor with Spectrum, to serve as the hospital’s interim consultant CEO for a 30-day period. Monday, the board again met and, in a brief called meeting, members present unanimously approved extending Edmisson’s contract for another 30 days.
“I’m glad they did,” Edmisson said following the meeting. “I’m enjoying it and enjoying being here with the people.”
Edmisson said he has been focused on the hospital’s operations since his hiring, and is involved in preparation for the Joint Commission review, an external review of the hospital completed every three years. The results of this review will determine whether the hospital will be able to continue to accept Medicare and Medicaid patients, Edmisson said.