Story last updated at 10/2/2013 - 2:27 pm
Bartlett Regional Hospital Chief Executive Officer Christine Harff tendered her resignation to the hospital's Board of Director's Tuesday, Sept. 24 during an extended executive session of the regular Board meeting.
Harff expressed her deep admiration and respect for the hospital employees and medical staff, but feels her professional expertise and the needs of the community are not a good fit.
The board is already developing transition plans.
BRH Board President Linda Thomas issued this statement to the Bartlett staff: "Of course we are disappointed that Juneau's community hospital was not a good fit for Ms. Harff. However; during her tenure, she was able to improve our patient quality and satisfaction scores, lead us through high impact regulatory compliance audits, and create a more healthy financial position for the hospital."
"This has been a very challenging year, but Ms. Harff and the Board have now set the stage for the next CEO to focus even more on our hospital mission of quality, patient centered care.
The Board will name an Interim CEO within the next month and will also actively be looking for a longer term replacement for the CEO position."
Harff's last day at Bartlett is anticipated to be Oct. 18.