CEO, CFO of California hospital resign after being placed on administrative leave

The chief executive and CFO of Lancaster, Calif.-based Antelope Valley Hospital resigned Nov. 20 after being placed on administrative leave in October, according to the Antelope Valley Press.

Hospital CEO Michael Wall and CFO Colette Nichols both confirmed their voluntary resignations to the publication on Nov. 20.

The boards of Antelope Valley Healthcare District and Antelope Valley Hospital will present the matter at the boards' next meeting Nov. 28.

Both executives were placed on paid administrative leave Oct. 17 as officials investigated alleged improprieties at the hospital. One investigation has been completed, while a second probe did not reach a conclusion.

While details from either investigation have not been made public, comments from the public made prior to the board's Oct. 17 meeting alleged Mr. Wall engaged in embezzlement, bullying and retaliatory tactics. The comments also referenced staff reductions made earlier this year that affected roughly 300 employees while Mr. Wall received a pay raise one year into his four-year contract, the report states.

The boards also reportedly met during a closed-door session Oct. 23 to discuss CEO and CFO performance eval­uation, discipline, dis­mis­sal and release, and anticipated litigation, according to the agenda obtained by the Antelope Valley News.

Mr. Wall was hired as head of the hospital in January 2017. Ms. Nichols joined the team later that same year.

Paul Brydon has served as acting CEO of the hospital since Oct. 17 and will continue serving as acting CFO.

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