Syringa Hospital and Clinics (SHC) and Kootenai Health (KH) recently announced a new management services agreement for SHC. With this finalized agreement, KH and the Syringa board of trustees will jointly recruit a new CEO to Syringa.
“By working with Kootenai, we are confident that we will attract exceptional candidates for the CEO role,” said Al Bolden, chairman of the Syringa board of trustees. “Kootenai brings regional expertise, a collaborative spirit, and has demonstrated that they understand our culture and vision for the organization.”
The new CEO will reside in the Grangeville area and report directly to the Syringa board of trustees on all issues of governance. He or she will be responsible for all customary CEO duties, including day-to-day operations, financial oversight, administration and management of the hospital.
Under the management services agreement, the new CEO will be employed by and have a dual reporting relationship with KH and SHC. This relationship will give the CEO and the Syringa leadership team access to resources and expertise from KH. This will include group purchasing agreements, training and education for staff, compliance, policies, clinical protocols and procedures, peer networking, strategic planning, and revenue strategies. The management agreement could be canceled at any time without cause by either organization.
The new CEO’s primary point of contact will be Jeremy Evans, executive vice president of hospital and regional operations at KH. He has more than 25 years’ experience in hospital administration and operations. He will also provide additional ongoing support and direction for the CEO.
“Our goal is to offer our resources and expertise to ensure Syringa Hospital and Clinics can continue to provide exceptional health care in Grangeville and Idaho County,” said Evans, “Kootenai can also help Idaho County residents access advanced health care services when those may not be available in Grangeville”
Recruitment efforts are under way for the new CEO. Currently, CFO Betty Watson is serving as interim. Both organizations are eager to fill the role as soon as possible but the search, interview, and selection process may take several months. With the winter holidays, it is likely that a start date for the new CEO will be in early 2018.
According to Kim Anderson, communications and marketing, Kootenai Health, the salary for the CEO will be based on experience following a look at the current market survey data.