MACOMB — At its Monday night meeting, the hospital accepted the resignation of Kent Slater as Board Chairman.
Slater had originally announced his intention to resign as Chairman during the February meeting. At that time, he also said he would temporarily under the MDH Bylaws turn the role over to Board member Andy Baker to preside, and then under the MDH Board Bylaws the board could elect a new chairman, according to the February meeting minutes. Slater will remain on the board through December, the end of his term.
Dr. Rick Iverson was then voted in unanimously as the new chairman after Baker took nominations from the floor.
The board has undergone significant turnover since December of last year. Board member Crystal Bedwell stepped down due to illness. Her position was filled by the appointment of Scott Clauson. Then in January, the board faced another upset when the county board voted not to reappoint Iverson, Rita Moore and Matt Reynolds. The move prompted concerns by Dr. Edwin Card, the hospital’s former medical director, that the loss of the long-term members and their collective experience could present serious challenges navigating the rapidly-changing healthcare environment. Slater also weighed in on the issue with a letter to the editor he submitted to the Voice. He also expressed concerns about the loss of experience, and, like Card, said that the vote to reject the reappointments appeared to be politically motivated.
When the county board met again in February, another vote was taken on the issue. Iverson was reappointed to the board, but Moore and Reynolds were not re-appointed. Their positions were filled by new board members Laura Chaffee and Jere Greuel.
Slater has served on the board since 2007, and as chairman since 2012. Iverson has practiced medicine in Macomb and at MDH for nearly 40 years, and has served on the MDH board since 2011, according to a March 19 press release from McDonough District Hospital.

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