KershawHealth appoints new interim CEO | People
CAMDEN, SC (WIS) - Kershaw County's hospital system has appointed a new CEO while administrators search for a permanent replacement for Donnie Weeks.
The Board of Trustees for KershawHealth announced Terry Gunn will serve as interim CEO.
In August, the board agreed to let CEO Donnie Weeks out of his contract more than two years before it was scheduled to expire. The board agreed to a $524,000 buyout of Weeks' contract. KershawHealth says Weeks wanted to retire.
Weeks' last day is January 3, 2014. His buyout agreement requires him to train his successor.
Gunn's official start date will be announced once negotiations are completed, according to KershawHealth.
Gunn is currently the Executive Chairman and Senior Operating Partner of Applied Healthcare Solutions and Executive Advisor with Charter Resource Group. Applied Health Solutions is a hospital management and consulting company that utilizes various platforms to create a favorable business model for rural hospitals and regional health systems. Charter Resource Group provides consulting and coaching services to healthcare CEOs and entrepreneurs.
In late August, hours before the board was to start negotiating a chief executive officer contract for hospital Vice President Mike Bunch, Bunch took his name out of consideration. The board was set to put the finishing touches on a contract with Bunch to replace Weeks.
Earlier this year, WIS investigated KershawHealth's finances after complaints from employees regarding massive salaries and bonuses for administrators, yet the hospital was in the red. The chairman of the board told WIS that the salaries and bonuses are necessary to recruit and keep well-qualified administrators.
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