Forks Community Hospital chief placed on administrative leave; investigation planned

By Joe Smillie
Peninsula Daily News

FORKS — Forks Community Hospital Administrator Bill McMillan has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, hospital directors confirmed Wednesday.

Daisy Anderson, chairwoman of the public hospital district’s Board of Directors, said McMillan was placed on leave but could not elaborate on the reasons behind the board’s decision.

“I can tell you he was put on administrative leave the afternoon of Nov. 21, last Thursday,” Anderson told the Peninsula Daily News.

“It’s a personnel issue, so I can’t say anything more than that.”

Anderson said the board is investigating, and that it has no timetable as to when or if McMillan would return as the hospital’s chief executive officer.

McMillan will continue to be paid during his leave.

James Chaney, the hospital’s chief operating and financial officer, was appointed as acting administrator.

Heidi Anderson, chief nursing officer, was appointed acting chief operating officer.

McMillan took over as the hospital’s administrator Dec. 3, 2012, with an annual salary of $176,010.

He succeeded Camille Scott, who retired.

Prior to Forks, McMillan was CEO for the Curry Health District in Gold Beach, Ore.

He told the PDN in January he left that position after a conflict with a director of the district’s board.

Forks Community Hospital is a 20-bed facility that had a $23.2 million budget for 2013.

With 195 employees, the hospital is the city’s largest single employer.

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Sequim-Dungeness Valley Editor Joe Smillie can be reached at 360-681-2390, ext. 5052, or at jsmillie@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: November 27. 2013 6:42PM
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