Former state Health Department official John Vowell has been named interim Chief Executive Officer at Juneau’s Bartlett Regional Hospital.
Vowell will serve in the position for up to a year, starting in February, while the Bartlett Board of Directors searches for a permanent CEO.
The board recently approved a new consulting contract with former management company Quorum Health Resources. Under terms of the deal, the board will employ the hospital’s CEO and Chief Financial Officer. Previously those positions had been employed by Quorum.
That means current CEO Shawn Morrow and CFO Garth Hamblin will no longer be employed at Bartlett when the new contract takes effect February 1st.
Vowell retired as Director of Alaska Pioneer Homes in 2004.
The Bartlett board will use an executive search firm to help it hire a permanent CEO, who will be responsible for hiring the CFO.
Bartlett Regional Hospital is owned by the City and Borough of Juneau. The board is appointed by the CBJ Assembly. The hospital gets its operating funds from charges for patient services.
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