Fulton County Hospital CEO Angela Richmond submitted her 30-day notice to the hospital board and chairman Dr. Griffin Arnold at the board meeting March 30. The board accepted her resignation.
In her letter of resignation, Richmond wrote, "Health resources are scarce, particularly in small, rural hospitals. When the FCH board approached me with the challenge of running two facilities, it was no secret to the board that my vision was to share resources between the Community Medical Center in Calico and FCH. This would allow both facilities to be more efficient and permit greater use of some specialized services. I believed strongly then, as I do now, that both communities deserve to keep their local hospital updated and viable. The impact would have resulted in a widening of services as new services would be shared rather than duplicated at each site. At that time, FCH had a great task ahead, we were facing serious financial problems, and in the process of taking on over $6 million in additional debt to open our new facility. This was not a task anyone was anxious to take on, but I optimistically agreed.
"However, just four days after verbally agreeing, I was told by a couple of board members that there would be no sharing of resources with Calico and many obstacles were put in my way. But, optimistically, I continued, and we have accomplished a great deal. We have opened this beautiful facility, joined the 21st century in technology, raised wages, increased services, our line of credit is almost paid off and (we) are only 30 days out in accounts payable, a remarkable feat for any hospital.
"Yet, here we are at the end of my optimism. Dr. Arnold has told me the board is insisting that tonight I must make a decision to come here full-time or walk away. In spite of the struggles, this has been a great journey that I would do all over again just to be part of giving my local hospital a fighting chance. But the relationship between the CEO and the board must be one of respect and not one of micro-managing and control. Unfortunately, for this reason, I must decline the board's offer. Dr. Arnold, please accept my resignation and my 30-day notice."
The board expressed their appreciation of what Richmond has been able to accomplish with the hospital and wished her luck in her endeavors.