Full room, tough talk at NIH board meeting
The great room at the Jill Kinmont Boothe school was full for last nights meeting of the Northern Inyo Hospital Board. The regular meeting was moved to the JKBS school this moth to provide adequate seating, something that was lacking at the boards prior meeting. Long time board member Pete Watercott apologized for not having enough capacity at the prior meeting.
This months meeting opened with a strong statement by Dr. Mike Phillips. The emergency room doctor opened the public comment period by describing a splintered staff, that has broken into separate camps. Dr. Phillips also strongly criticized Chief Executive Officer Victoria Alexander Lane’s performance, noting a “lack of leadership, failure to do her job, and ruling with fear”.
Several other spoke during the public comment period expressing concern over the work environment. Dr. Michael Dillon called for an establishment of a working group to help face the current issues at Northern Inyo.
In regards to action at the meeting, the board listened to a long discussion about the Employee Complaints and Grievance Process Policy. After a long discussion, the policy was tabled for further review, and will be back for potential action at next months meeting.
Dr. Thomas Boo, chief of staff announced he was stepping down as chief of staff. In giving a reason for stepping down, Dr Boo said, “Due to a dysfunctional relationship with administration.”
Chief Executive Officer Victoria Alexander Lane’s report included a positive update in regards to physician recruitment. Alexander Lane noted the hiring of a new pediatrician who will be arriving from Massachusetts and also announced the hiring of Dr Felix Karp as a hospitalist.
Alexander Lane also updated the board on the hospitals strategic plan, detailing a wide variety of strategies for improvement, ranging from service prices to community outreach.