Finalist selected for Memorial Medical Center CEO vacancy


May 19, 2010 at 12:19 a.m.

PORT LAVACA - Memorial Medical Center selected a finalist to fill its chief executive officer vacancy at a specially called board meeting on Tuesday.

Jason Anglin, who currently works with Covenant Health System in Lubbock, is expected to return to Port Lavaca in the next few weeks for a second interview. From there, the board may extend an offer to hire.

The board of trustees interviewed three candidates and chose Anglin, of Muleshoe, as the lone finalist.

In January, the Memorial Medical Center board nearly cleaned house in its executive team.

Former CEO David Contreras fired the last permanent chief financial officer, Rhett Fricke, in January. Almost a month later, the board fired Contreras, capping a six-month term in which the hospital grappled with financial woes.

Last year, Memorial Medical Center had to pay back the federal government unexpectedly because the federal government found that the hospital was overpaid in 2007 and 2008.

The hospital was left cash-strapped and forced to borrow $500,000 from the county, which funds it.

Interim CEO Jeanne Goche was hired in early March.

Goche is set to lead the hospital through June 8.



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