At their regular monthly board meeting, the Ellett Memorial Hospital Board of Directors voted to take the Hospital in a new direction. They terminated the contract of Chief Executive Officer Ray Magers, who has been employed as CEO since April 2010.
The Board also appointed Chief Financial Officer Tom Hollis to the position of interim CEO. He will perform both duties during this transition. As a result, the Board has contacted an attorney from the Missouri Hospital Association concerning the legal responsibilities of the hospital in regards to the procedures for seeking managerial services.
The Board signed a non-binding letter of intent with Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar to investigate adding services, medical staff and possible management services for Ellett. CMH is already in a collaborative agreement with EMH, which is necessary for Ellett to qualify for Critical Access designation. This CAH designation is the program that has allowed EMH to continue operating for the last 20 years due to an increased Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement system.