By Kay Braddock
Prairie Community Hospital trustees met Tuesday evening with Scott Duke, CEO of the Glendive Medical Center to discuss the upcoming hiring procedure the hospital will take to replace out-going PCH administrator Reed Reyman.
Reyman, who has served as PCH administrator for five years, recently announced that he has accepted the CEO position at St. Joseph Hospital and Health Center in Dickinson, ND. Reyman will begin his duties at the Dickinson hospital April 6.
Duke estimated a new administrator would not be in place for at least three to six months. In the meantime, he and Lee Boyles will serve as interim administrator. The two will alternate visits to the Terry hospital about three times each week, Duke said.
The position, which has been posted on Web sites for a week, has already drawn four applicants. With current economic and job climates as they are, Duke expects the timing may serve the hospital’s best interest, as plenty of applicants could be vying for a new job position.
Under the management service agreement between the two facilities the PCH administrator fulfills 75 percent of work duties at PCH, while fulfilling 25 percent at GMC, allowing both facilities to contribute to salary costs.
The expected annual salary for the new administrator could be anywhere between $45,000 to $55,000, according to Duke.
“If you have a quality applicant, why not start the process now?” Hospital trustee Charles Deisher asked, after Duke explained the interviewing process would not likely begin until about the first week of April.
Duke assured hospital trustees that the process will occur quickly enough to ensure viable applicants are not lost to other openings.
Hiring committee members will include: Duke, hospital trustees Ruth Lekse and Barb Sackman, Chip Mintz, PA-C, Terry Chavez and Laura Chandler. Deisher will be unlikely to serve out the role due to anticipated April absences.