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Report Reply 1 reply · active 259 weeks ago +23 Vote up Vote down WHS.alum · 259 weeks ago That’s too bad, but I am sure that he felt very helpless in the current situation. The hospital had issues well before he came and I don’t imagine there was much he could do to right the ship. Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +22 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 259 weeks ago I can’t blame him, I thought he was making some progress but with the public scrutiny and blame game I’d jump at another position if I was him. Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +34 Vote up Vote down Jessica Yunker · 259 weeks ago The Wellington community has been very fortunate to have Leonard Hernandez as the CEO of SRMC. He has the experience and connections needed in the ever-changing health care world and SRMC will truly be at a loss without him. He has been great to work for and I wish you all the best in the future! Report Reply 3 replies · active 259 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down dr. jelly finger · 259 weeks ago Time for reorganization…maybe consolidate with a larger hospital. The city and srmc needs to come to an agreement on utilities..that is becoming an old story. Report Reply 1 reply · active 259 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down WellMom · 259 weeks ago With all the controversy with the hospital right now, I’m sure the CEO is a thankless job. It’s unfortunate. Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago -18 Vote up Vote down Wellington · 259 weeks ago We have had 3 resignations on the Health Care Authority Board this year and now the CEO has resigned this year. Is it an option to dissolve the Health Care Authority board and put SRMC under the umbrella of City hall and the city Manager? We can then hope Mr Eckert will hire a good person to be a department Head over SRMC and that person will work direclty for Mr Eckert and the governing body of our community. Report Reply 3 replies · active 259 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down Hmmm….. · 259 weeks ago Will we have a job to do everyday? I question the timing of this development and the city’s need to have their money NOW. Please, someone, anyone, give the employees a clue as to what is happening. We deserve to know. Report Reply 7 replies · active 259 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down SuCoPride · 259 weeks ago This is truly an unfortunate turn of events. The one thing that was necessary for the Hospital to succeed is consistency, and that’s now been lost. Regardless of the situation, Mr. Hernandez seemed to have a deep understanding of the issues, and at least an idea of how to dig out of the hole. We’ve now lost that, and there will be a large gap in leadership during the hiring process for SRMC, which will be lengthy. This isn’t a position you post on the NewsCow and take local applicants, this will need to be a wide-scale search. Unfortunate turn of events indeed. Report Reply 1 reply · active 259 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down Fred4CEO · 259 weeks ago Interesting that the CEO said once the new surgeon is up and running the hospital revenue should be close to when the woman surgeon left. Shouldn’t all surgeons produce the same when the population is the same? Fred Hinman should be CEO his is the only one that has been there and has been running the show for the last sevreal years anyhow. Report Reply 4 replies · active 259 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments (Updated: Friday, 12:30 p.m. including Hernandez official statement below) by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Leonard Hernandez, President and CEO of Sumner Regional Medical Center, has resigned his position effective this morning to take the same position at Coffey Health System in Burlington, Kans.Leonard HernandezHernandez took over as SRMC administrator for Dr. Bob Bean in September of 2012. He was the administrator at Morton County Health Systems in Elkhart before coming to Wellington with over 20 years of hospital administrative experience.In his three years, Hernandez helped pass a half-cent sales tax initiative for SRMC, assisted in the hiring of a new surgeon, implemented the â€œMarch to Millionâ€ program which was to collect $1 million in cash, and helped increase the volume of accounts receivable payments.Â The following is Hernandez’ official statement: I have submitted my resignation this morning to the HCA Board for my position as President and Chief Executive Officer for Sumner Regional Medical Center. I have accepted the President and Chief Executive Officer position for the Coffey Health system in Burlington, Kansas and will start there on September 21.Â I want to thank the Board for giving me the opportunity to lead the hospital for the last three years.Â Small hospitals are struggling all across America but if those of us who continue to believe there is a place for them, continue to work for them, they can survive.Â There are of course issues that will always be factors, like location, that may always hinder some of the change that is required, but we must continue to fight for the same benefits that other small hospitals can and do get! I also want to thank the community for allowing me and my family to become a part of it from the beginning. We are so blessed to have the quality medical staff that exists in our hospital and those who come and do outreach clinics here in Wellington.Â You are the best and I will truly miss working with you. And finally, to the staff, who I often refer to as the best I ever worked with,Â THANK YOU for everything!Â We have grown a lot together over the last few years, the struggles and the successes from them are all due to your efforts and commitment to Sumner Regional Medical Center. Please keep up the great job you do every day!Follow us on Twitter.