A longtime Mat-Su neighborhood well being supplier with roots in Talkeetna is now with out its prime two executives following the resignation Friday of its medical director.
The Sunshine Neighborhood Well being Middle Inc. board last week terminated CEO Melody West following worker considerations voiced at an April assembly about the best way she dealt with her job, together with complaints concerning the medical director and potential affected person questions of safety.
The board in late Could positioned medical director Dr. George Hightower on go away because the board seemed into worker points raised in a confidential report submitted to the board final month.
Hightower submitted his resignation on Friday, based on interim CEO Randall Kowalke. No extra data was instantly obtainable.
There are a number of viable candidates to interchange Hightower already on workers, Kowalke mentioned, including that the middle hopes to have a brand new medical director in place subsequent week.
The board is within the technique of discovering a brand new CEO utilizing a redesigned job description.
A lot of folks testified at an April board assembly about considerations concerning Sunshine’s operations, potential questions of safety, and Hightower’s conduct, described by one nurse as bullying. Some mentioned West failed to reply adequately to complaints concerning the medical director, who joined the workers in 2019.
The middle began in Talkeetna within the Eighties by a grassroots effort to ascertain reasonably priced well being take care of the distant communities of the higher Susitna Valley, removed from the borough’s solely hospital close to Wasilla.
Now Sunshine operates clinics in Talkeetna, Willow and, most just lately, Wasilla, the place the non-public nonprofit company started serving sufferers in January.
The middle employs about 100 folks, amongst them 9 medical suppliers together with three medical doctors, plus 4 dentists and eight behavioral well being specialists.
Over the previous 12 months, a time that introduced fewer sufferers attributable to coronavirus restrictions, the clinics noticed nearly 4,000 folks, almost 1,200 of them at Wasilla although that facility has solely been open 5 months.