Nacogdoches Memorial's interim CEO has busy first day

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - It was a busy first day for the new interim hospital administrator for Nacogdoches County Memorial Hospital.

Gary Kendrick had back to back meetings, including one with the hospital's finance committee.

Kendrick actually works for Corporate Hospital Consultants, the firm hired to review operations and recommend a permanent CEO. Kendrick talked about what it's like to provide short term leadership.

"There are a lot of challenges," Kendrick said. "What I do like is, you come in, you meet a lot of different people, work with different people, see different parts of the country, and set the foundation for helping the hospital improve and then turn it over to someone on a permanent basis."

Kendrick and a permanent CEO search became necessary in January when former hospital CEO Tim Hayward passed away.

CHC has a one-year contract with Memorial. Assessments will start soon. The board will have a full report by the end of the year. Then implementation will begin.

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