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Posted on Feb 4, 2016

Hospital CEO finalists narrowed to two

Staff report

The Quincy Valley Medical Center’s Board of Directors has narrowed its pool of CEO applicants down to two final candidates.
The board chose the two candidates Wednesday morning. They were chosen from a pool of 12 applicants.
The finalists are Jay Pottenger, CEO of the Garfield County Hospital District in Pomeroy, and John Ayoub, the former administrator of the Melissa Memorial Hospital in Holyoke, Colo.
Board President Randy Zolman said he is pleased with the two finalists chosen.
“We just have to see what the staff thinks and we’ll go from there,” Zolman said.
Pottenger and Ayoub are expected to make on-site visits to the hospital in the coming weeks. They will go through in-house interviews with the staff at that time, Zolman said.
The public also will play a role in selecting the next CEO. Pottenger and Ayoub will be asked each to give 30-minute presentations to the community and then participate in a question-and-answer session. The date for those community interviews has not yet been set, but it will be this month, Zolman said.
After the community portion, attendees will be asked to vote on who they would most like to see as CEO, he said.
“(The vote) will just be another piece of the puzzle,” he said.
The finalist who is chosen as the new CEO would replace Mehdi Merred, who left the hospital in December after working there about 10 years.
Jerry Hawley, a consultant living in the Seattle area and the hospital’s former administrator from 1993 to 1997, has been serving as the interim CEO.