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Spring View Hospital is in the midst of an $8 million expansion, and it's also in search for a new chief executive officer.
Mike Sherrod, who has been Spring View's CEO since December of 2007, announced his resignation March 15.
"I have enjoyed every minute I have been in Lebanon," Sherrod said in a written statement emailed to the Enterprise Monday afternoon. "However, I decided to take advantage of a job opportunity with HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) in Macon, Ga., for professional and personal reasons. This has been the hardest decision I have ever made. It is hard to leave a place that has been welcoming and supportive as Lebanon. The community opened their arms to me and my wife and truly made us feel at home. The people are what make this community."
Leaving Spring View is difficult, not only for personal reasons, but for professional reasons as well, Sherrod said.
"Spring View currently has constituent satisfaction and volume improvements that are the highest they have ever been, a very supportive medical staff that is extremely talented with their hands and minds, managers that have problems resolved before they escalate, a supportive parent company, LifePoint Hospitals, that is committing $8.5 million to the operating room expansion, and last but not least, a group of employees that has the lowest turnover of any hospital I have worked with," Sherrod wrote. "Every day I looked forward to coming to work because the employees, medical staff and community supported Spring View Hospital. All are the reason for our recent success."
Rodney Lanham, chairman of the SVH Board of Trustees, said Sherrod's resignation and the kick-off of the hospital's expansion occurring the same week was a mere coincidence. The opportunity for Sherrod in Georgia was an opportunity he couldn't pass up, Lanham said.
"I believe it's evident with the expansion that Lifepoint is committed to this community," he said. "Lifepoint's corporate philosophy is to provide quality patient care in rural communities. However, any time someone of Mike's leadership and involvement leaves there is a void created. We are thus presented with the opportunity to find a replacement who exemplifies through his or her previous work experience, those same qualities and philosophies."
In terms of finding Sherrod's replacement, Lanham said Lifepoint will advertise the position internally and review the entries submitted, as well as review entries that are received via word-of-mouth or recommendations. Suitable candidates will be interviewed and from that group two to four candidates will be selected for Spring View Hospital's Board of Trustees to consider. The local board of trustees will then select a replacement from that group, hopefully within the next four to eight months, Lanham said.
"On behalf of the Board of Trustees I want to express to Mike, professionally, and to his family personally, our sincere appreciation for the job he has done here at Spring View Hospital and wish him much success on this new venture," Lanham said.
In the meantime, an interim administrator will be named. At this time, no particular individual has been selected for that position.