Pennsylvania hospital CEO says 'emotional roller coaster' led her to resign

The CEO of Ellwood City (Pa.) Medical Center said the "emotional roller coaster" of recent weeks, including layoffs and a state order to end some hospital services, prompted her to move from considering a resignation to officially going through with it, according to the Ellwood City Ledger.

Beverly Annarumo announced plans to resign Dec. 9. She will officially step down on Jan. 3. 

Her resignation came after the medical center laid off 92 employees amid financial struggles and a state order to cease inpatient and emergency services. Ellwood City Medical Center on Dec. 10 also suspended clinical services for the rest of 2019, effectively shutting the facility down.

Ms. Annarumo told the Ellwood City Ledger she was already considering resigning before this week's issues and wrote a resignation letter a month ago. 

She said she didn't turn the letter in "because I still believe that we need this hospital, and I still believe in the dedicated people who work here, and I couldn't get past the feeling that I was abandoning my staff and the community." 

But the layoffs, state order and other issues left her "morally, ethically and emotionally taxed" above her limits, and led her to officially step down, she told the newspaper.

Ms. Annarumo has helmed the medical center since 2017, when Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Americore Health acquired the facility. 

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