April 10, 2019
The Copley Hospital Board of Trustees has begun taking the necessary steps to initiate a CEO search and planning for the interim period. Carl Szlachetka, Chair of Copley’s Board of Trustees, announced that Jeff White of Helms & Company, Inc. has agreed to serve as Copley Hospital’s interim CEO. White brings a broad background in healthcare and hospital management at the CEO level, and is no stranger to Copley Hospital as he served as interim CEO in 2006/2007 prior to the hiring of Melvyn Patashnick. He will be working closely with Chief Operating Officer Vera Jones and the senior leadership team. “The Board feels confident that Jeff and team will serve the hospital well moving forward until we successfully recruit a new CEO,” says Szlachetka. White will commence his interim position on June 3.
The Board has also identified members of the search committee who will represent the hospital during the CEO search process. The committee includes representatives from the Board, senior leadership and management team, staff, as well as a community physician. The committee’s responsibilities are to identify and recommend an executive search firm, conduct interviews with candidates, and make a recommendation to the Board. This week, the committee will start interviewing search firms who specialize in CEO searches. “We are confident that a recommendation of an appropriate firm will be determined in a short time,” continued Szlachetka.
With the steps in place, White contracted as the interim CEO, and the search process underway, the Board has accepted May 31 as Art Mathisen’s last day at Copley. “Art leaves Copley in good shape and we want to thank him for this,” Szlachetka said.
The Board has confidence that the process set forth will ensure a smooth transition until the new CEO is hired. Their confidence is based on continued leadership of Vera Jones, the senior leaders, management team and particularly, the employees.