Martha's Vineyard Hospital CEO Joe Woodin unexpectedly departs after 1 year: 7 things to know

Oaks Bluff, Mass.-based Martha's Vineyard Hospital President and CEO Joe Woodin is stepping down, according to the Vineyard Gazette. While hospital officials did not give a reason for the sudden departure, Mr. Woodin told the Gazette via a telephone interview that he was fired.

Here are seven things to know:

1. Mr. Woodin told the Vineyard Gazette, "I just got summarily fired at 8 a.m. with no notice and no discussion of anything I've done wrong — by the board chairman."

2. Tim Sweet, the hospital's board chairman, said that Mr. Woodin's departure is "the result of a board decision although he could not say if there had been a vote," according to the Gazette.

3. Mr. Woodin came to Martha's Vineyard Hospital in May 2016, to replace then CEO Timothy Walsh, who retired. Mr. Walsh is now coming out of retirement to serve as interim CEO of the hospital.

4. Prior to Martha's Vineyard Hospital, Mr. Woodin served as president and CEO at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, Vt.

5. In February 2017, Mr. Woodin said the hospital would close a low-occupancy assisted living section within the Windemere Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Oak Bluffs due to financial losses and low volume. Mr. Woodin was criticized for this decision.

6. However, in a hospital statement, officials thank Mr. Woodin for his hard work and dedication, and also note that he "brought many fresh ideas and changes" to the hospital, according to the report.

7. Mr. Woodin is adamant that he is not resigning and that he has been "tossed out," the Vineyard Gazette reports.

Editor's note: This article was updated on June 7.

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