Editorial: MCMC board change needed
As developments at Slayton’s Murray County Medical Center (MCMC) continue to unfold, a multitude of questions are fair ones.
Thiner’s point could be well taken, but the bigger question may be why the board eventually came into the position of making a separation agreement with Snow in the first place.
Ken Johanson, a Slayton resident, attended Tuesday evening’s meeting and asked the board why Snow was signed to a seven-year contract when he was already involved in a lawsuit. Others also expressed that concern, and one can’t help but wonder why the board would have opted to hire a man toting a giant red flag.
Here’s one possible explanation: the make-up of the MCMC board itself. All Murray County commissioners are also MCMC board commissioners, which we don’t necessarily believe is the ideal way to manage a community hospital. How about representation from different sectors of the county itself — like health care, for instance? Should the county commissioners be expected to know what’s best for the facility?
Clearly, the MCMC is in need of a new and better direction. Now that an interim CEO has been hired — and many in Murray County have stepped forward and shown obvious interest in the hospital’s operation — perhaps the board should be restructured.