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Posted on Nov 12, 2015

Hospital CEO resigns; QVMC seeks interim director

Mehdi Merred, CEO of the Quincy Valley Medical Center, handed in his resignation last week because he is returning to his home country of France.
The hospital’s leader for nearly 10 years, Merred’s last day with the hospital will be Dec. 11.
In a statement to the community, Merred said that he is not leaving Quincy because he is uncertain about the future of the hospital; rather, he is starting a “touring” business with his wife.
“This is a voluntary action,” Merred wrote. “Today I believe in the long-term success of our hospital more than ever. The economic growth of Quincy and the expanding medical needs of our community make Grant County Hospital District No. 2 a valuable asset to the Quincy Valley.”
The hospital in most recent years has been marred by financial difficulties. The small, rural hospital has not had a profitable year in most recent years. Grant County commissioners have warned the hospital that it wants to see a reduction in the warrant line the county holds for the hospital taxing district. A year ago, voters failed to pass a one-year, $2.2 million maintenance and operations levy the hospital board was seeking.
On Nov. 4, the hospital’s board of commissioners met in closed session to discuss and accept Merred’s resignation.
“We want to thank him for his nearly 10 years of service to Grant County Public Hospital District No. 2 and the community of Quincy,” commissioners said in a press release issued the next day. “While his departure brings with it some challenges for the board in the coming weeks, the commissioners look forward to developing a plan for transition and success.”
Commissioners will hire an interim CEO while they search for a permanent executive officer. Randy Zolman, chairman of the board, said the hospital will seek an interim CEO outside of the hospital.
“As proven over the last 56 years, despite the financial challenges, the hospital is vital to the growth and well-being of Quincy,” the press release stated. “We strongly believe in the long-term success of our hospital and welcome your thoughts while we are searching for a new CEO.”
Commissioners have the experience and longevity to lead the hospital until an interim CEO is found, Zolman said.
“It’s just a bump in the road,” he said.
In the hospital’s press release, commissioners also stated that they will have a vacant position on the five-member board of commissioners come Jan. 1. Commissioner Darryl VanDyke has not attended a meeting in some two years, and the board has not replaced him.

— By Jill FitzSimmons,

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