NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - From Nacogdoches Memorial Health:
Anita Kite, president of the Nacogdoches County Hospital District Board of Directors announced today that she received a resignation letter from interim chief executive officer Steven L. Smith. “In his letter, presented to me Friday, Jan. 4, Steve Smith submitted his 30-day notice in accordance with his contract,” Kite explained. “That will terminate his employment effective Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019.”
Smith notified Nacogdoches Memorial Health department directors and managers on Tuesday, saying that when he accepted the invitation to help the hospital on an interim basis his personal and career focus was still on full-time permanent employment.
“After much consideration, I have accepted an offer of full employment that I believe is the best decision for my family and professional goals. This decision is not a reflection on Nacogdoches and the great people working diligently to lead Nacogdoches Memorial Health to a stable and strong future,” he said. “Thank you for allowing me to share a brief part of your journey.”
“While the timing is unfortunate, the board is moving forward in a positive direction,” said Kite. “We all wish Steve and his family the very best for his career move and we appreciate his service to Memorial. It’s been a pleasure to have him as part of our team even for a short time.”
“Though we’re sorry to lose Steve, this will not impair the mission and goals the board of directors is focused on. We have a successful partnership to orchestrate and a 90-year legacy to protect,” noted Kite. “The executive committee of the board has already met and formulated a plan of action that will be recommended to the board at the next regular meeting on Jan. 22.”
“We have so many good people in place and so much positive momentum right now, that this will be a mild disruption for us at Memorial,” Kite said. “Of course, the staff, healthcare providers and physicians at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital will continue to be consumed with their mission of providing compassionate, top quality care to their friends and neighbors, our community, as they always have.”