Kansas hospital CEO fired after stretch of administrative leave

Brian Kirk was released from the CEO role at Norton (Kan.) County Hospital after being put on administrative leave and later reinstated.

The hospital's board of trustees made a motion to fire him at a May 17 board meeting, according to a notice on its announcements page. Kellen Jacobs, the hospital's rehabilitation manager, was named interim CEO. 

Mr. Kirk was placed on administrative leave Dec. 15 after the board indicated it wanted to conduct an internal investigation. The hospital did not specify the purpose of the investigation, although Mr. Kirk was questioned about working conditions and treatment of employees during a September town hall meeting. He was reinstated Jan. 4. 

Two physicians at the hospital resigned shortly before Mr. Kirk was let go. Miranda McKellar, MD, and Theresia Neill, MD, decided it was in their best interest and the hospital's to "explore other employment opportunities," according to a May 8 news release.

Becker's has reached out to Norton County Hospital and will update this story if more information becomes available. 

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