Sistersville General Hospital CEO John May resigns; cities personal reasons & cautions rural hospitals are a 'dying breed'

Sistersville (W.Va.) General Hospital CEO John May has resigned, according to a report by The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register. He cited personal reasons as the cause for his departure.

The hospital named current COO Brandon Chadock interim CEO. The hospital board will begin searching for a permanent chief executive.

In an email to employees, Mr. May announced his resignation and also noted the growing pressures on rural hospitals. "We are a rural hospital and members of a dying breed," he wrote according to the report. "We have to focus on reducing our expenses and increasing revenue. We have already experienced some cuts to expenses, however, we must go further. Each of us should be looking for ways to cut expenses for the hospital and encouraging our patients to use our services."

The hospital and the city of Sistersville officials have been discussing the hospital's future, which the city owns. Officials have discussed ideas including forming an exploratory committee that would look into ways to preserve the hospital in the evolving healthcare industry, according to the report.

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