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Korth: CRMC will continue to provide high-quality care

CBJ Admin
Thursday, Nov 1, 2012

Paul Korth.

COOKEVILLE – The Cookeville Regional Medical Center board of trustees voted Wednesday night to end its employment contract with hospital CEO Dr. Menachem Langer, effective immediately. Paul Korth has been appointed interim CEO.

Korth, who has more than 24 years of experience in the health care field and has spent the past 13 at CRMC as the chief financial officer (CFO), made a statement today through a press release issued by CRMC. He was not in attendance at last night's meeting. The release pointed to many significant milestones Korth has achieved in his career while managing the financial aspects of operating a 247-bed hospital. He also has responsibility for a large number of CRMC departments and services.

“I look forward to serving as interim CEO at Cookeville Regional,” Korth said. “We have a top-notch regional medical center with a committed and dedicated group of physicians as well as a compassionate hospital staff. I have no doubt that we will continue providing the high-quality care that we are known for and we will move forward with our plans to expand and improve our services. I look forward to working with the board of trustees, our physicians and our staff as we move forward.”

The release also included remarks from Paul Swallows, chairman of the hospital board of trustees, regarding last night's decision. Swallows was one of seven members who voted for Langer's contract termination.

“As members of the board of trustees we are often charged with making difficult decisions that are in the best interest of the hospital,” Swallows said. “Each one of us takes our responsibilities seriously, and we spend hours in carefully considering the decisions we must make. We are mindful of the trust that the community has placed in us to make the right decisions for the hospital. We feel confident that we have made the right decision in making a change in the CEO position and look forward to continuing our mission to provide quality health care for the people in our region.”

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I will say it
Friday, Nov 2, 2012 at 7:38 PM
I cannot believe anyone has not said it here, but GREAT MOVE CRMC Board! Top notch decision!!!