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Snow has left the building

SLAYTON — Medical staff members of the Murray County Medical Center (MCMC) have been leaving one by one over the past few months.

The latest is Meldon Snow, the facility’s CEO, who formally resigned Friday from his position.

According to a press release issued by Davis Communications, “Murray County Medical Center’s chief executive officer, Meldon Snow, formally left his position effective Friday, March 14. The hospital’s seven-member board accepted Snow’s resignation and will be launching a search for his replacement.”

The announcement of Snow’s resignation came hours after a special Murray County Medical Center board meeting during while an employee settlement agreement was discussed, primarily in a closed session. The name of the employee was not disclosed during the meeting, which was attended by a large contingent of people - many of whom wanted Snow ousted from his CEO post.

“At the meeting on Friday, what we didn’t have was Snow’s signature, which is why it wasn’t made public then,” explained Ted Davis, senior communications and public affairs consultant and strategist of Davis Communications. “But once he (Snow) read it over and signed the agreement, it was official.”

Snow became chief executive officer of MCMC in 2006.

While there, the hospital added a new 32,000-square-foot addition, did extensive renovations on existing space and opened a 5,000-square-foot clinic in Fulda, according to the press release. He also started a Murray County Medical Center Foundation.

“We appreciate Mel’s years of service to our community,” MCMC board chair Bob Moline said. “The board will begin the search for a new CEO immediately.”

During Snow’s time at MCMC, staff was divided as a result of multiple issues. A physician’s assistant was suspended after alleging unfair practices, which led to Snow and the hospital being part of a federal lawsuit.

Additionally, medical personnel have been resigning from their positions over the past several months due to what many have called a hostile work environment.

The release states that over the past six years, MCMC has recruited several physicians for specialties such as internal medicine, general surgery and orthopedics.

In 2007, MCMC participated in the development of Southwest Minnesota Radiology, which provides radiation therapy at a clinic in Worthington. In 2011 and 2012 the medical center added in-house ultrasound, MRI and mammography services.

“We have just finished a period of extraordinary growth as we added new specialties, new facilities and staff,” Moline said. “Mel brought Murray County Medical Center into a new era.”

The press release also states that patient revenue topped $17 million in 2012 -- $3 million more than when Snow arrived. Employee salaries increased by $2.5 million during the same time period. The hospital is also one of the county’s largest employers, with more than 150 employees.

CliftonAllenLarson, the accounting firm that audits Murray County Medical Center, has ranked it against the top performing 35 “critical access hospitals” facilities in the country from 2009 to 2011, the press release adds. Additionally, the medical center outperformed industry leaders and peers in several financial categories ranging from “percent growth in net patient revenues” to debt service, according to the release. The study compares MCMC to 1,332 critical care hospitals in the country.

Davis said that Snow has not made an official statement as to why he resigned.

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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