NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches County Memorial Health Board is looking for a new chief executive officer. It was confirmed this morning that Scott Street resigned on Thursday night.
Scott Street's resignation came just two-and-a-half years after he was hired. What happened?
"The board was looking in one direction, and we feel like there was some different directions that Scott Street was looking at," said Lisa King, the president of the Nacogdoches County Memorial Health Board.
Was it that Street's vision for Memorial Health was too ambitious or more so expensive? Street left the world of corporate hospitals in Arkansas to a county hospital district environment.
"It's an entirely different animal," King said. "And when you have a hospital board that you have to answer to, and then you have that board that in turn has to answer to the voters, it's different than say a CEO of a corporate hospital, where the buck stops with him."
Street said in 2014 that his vision would surround the $40-million hospital expansion that was already underway. Once completed, he said the vision would be dictated by the community.
"We'll have the input from the community, key stakeholders in the community as to what else is needed," Street said.
Changes included a new community room, a cafe geared more so for non-hospital patrons, a coffee bar, and modern furnishings.
"He's a visionary. He has done wonderful things for this hospital," King said. "We look better than we've ever looked before, and we've got some fabulous programs that he implemented, but right now, we just felt like we needed to go in a slightly different direction."
Two-and-a-half years may not sound like a very long time to have a CEO around for Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital, but according to media sources the work expectancy for hospital CEO's is actually between 30 and 40 months.
The hospital board reassured staff Monday that they'll be around much longer.
"The hospital is not closing. We're not being sold," King said. "We're not changing our name. We are going to go forward."
Gary Kendrick will return as interim CEO this week. He took over prior to Street being hired. Kendrick works for Community Hospital Corporation, a company that managed the last CEO search. It's expected to be used again for the current vacancy.