CFO of Juneau hospital resigning

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The chief financial officer of Bartlett Regional Hospital has resigned after just more than a year on the job, becoming the latest leader of the Juneau hospital to step down in recent months.

Bartlett, in a release Tuesday, said Ken Brough’s resignation will be effective Dec. 31. Brough has worked at Bartlett since September 2012. He plans to move to Prince of Wales Island to build a fishing lodge and to continue working as a health care consultant, according to the release.

The hospital now has had three of its top four leaders resign since an investigation into personnel complaints of harassment, threats and a hostile work environment, the Juneau Empire reported (http://bit.ly/I513KA).

Hospital spokesman Jim Strader told The Associated Press on Wednesday an independent investigator was hired to conduct the probe, which was completed over the summer. He said he could not shed any light on details from the investigation. He also said he had no information that would connect Brough’s departure to the investigation.

The Empire reported Brough was out of town this week and not available for comment. A phone listing for him could not be found.

Chief executive officer Christine Harff and Human Resources Director Norma Adams, both of whom joined the city-owned hospital last year, resigned in recent months. The only remaining employee in the leadership team is Chief Nursing Officer Billy Gardner.

The newspaper reports that its public records request for the investigation results and copies of Harff’s emails regarding the investigation was denied.

When Harff announced her resignation in September, she said her professional experience and the needs of the Juneau community were not a good fit.

Jeff Egbert was named interim CEO last month and is expected to serve in that capacity until a permanent hire is made, sometime next summer.

Egbert, in the release, thanked Brough “for his leadership and the financial stewardship he has provided over the past 14 months.” Brough came to Bartlett from Afton, Wyo., where he was CFO at the Star Valley Medical Center. He also served as an interim CEO at that hospital.

Bartlett plans to name an interim chief financial officer by year’s end, and the search for a permanent replacement has begun.

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Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com

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