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Juneau hospital board names interim CEO after executive shakeup

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Bartlett Regional Hospital, pictured here on Dec. 1, 2018, is located at 3260 Hospital Drive in Juneau. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

The board of Juneau’s Bartlett Regional Hospital named an interim CEO at a meeting on Tuesday evening. The volunteer board selected Jerel Humphrey to lead the regional hospital for the next several months until a permanent CEO is hired.

The city-owned hospital is paying $9,985 a week to the staffing agency BE Smith for Humphrey’s interim CEO services. He’ll start on Oct. 18, according to Bartlett Human Resources and Risk Management Director Dallas Hargrave.

Humphrey replaces Kathy Callahan, a retired Director of Physician Services who stepped in temporarily to serve as CEO. He’s Bartlett’s fourth CEO in 2021 and the second temporary CEO since Rose Lawhorne abruptly resigned last month. 

Chief Behavioral Health Officer Bradley Grigg also resigned; Humphrey will select his interim replacement.  Grigg’s work has been assigned to Alice Nichols who has been working in the department since February.

KTOO asked to examine a year’s worth of Grigg’s expense reports and that request was denied. City Manager Rorie Watt said there was “an active criminal investigation on this matter.”

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with information about Jerel Humphrey’s pay and the resignation of Bradley Grigg, another former top staff member at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Claire Stremple

Alaska News Reporter, KTOO

I believe every Alaskan has a right to timely information about their health and health systems, and their natural environment and its management. My goal is to report thoughtful stories that inform, inspire and quench the curiosity of listeners across the state.

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