Hospital Board, CEO to present facts on tax issue

New CEO sees trend at facility to local leadership

by C.F. David

The Board of Cimarron Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home, along with Sharon Cox, the newly hired CEO of the facility will host a question and answer session about the upcoming tax vote at Boise City Hall on Feb. 19, 7 p.m.

In person absentee voting begins on Friday, continues on Monday before the Tuesday, Feb. 24 election day.

Cox, who was born and educated in Denver and Northern Colorado, has moved here with her husband Don from Southern Illinois, near Carbondale. While in Anna, Ill., Cox worked from July  2001 to October 2002, as CEO of the Union County Hospital. Since then she was Special Projects manager for Community Health Systems, Inc.Brentwood, Tenn.

Asked how she had been found and hired by Cimarron Memorial Hospital, Cox replied, “I knew Kim Bird; he had come in off the highway and visited with me.”

Bird, of Cypress Health Systems, is presently contracted to consult with Cimarron Memorial.

Cox further explained that with family still in Colorado this was a good time and place for her to move.

“The next 90 days to one year will give me time to visit my mother and daughter,” she explained.

Cox then explained that she saw her administration of Cimarron county medical facility as being short-term.

“I think local health care needs should be served locally.”

“I'm not going to be here forever. Neither will anyone else from the outside. You've got the talent locally. What we need to do is develop leadership locally. You have wonderful people at this facility and strong leadership. They [the hospital employees] know how to run this facility,” Cox emphasized.

Tammy, your CFO, and Nancy, in the nursing home, are wonderful. This Hospital is moving toward strong, local leadership. It will just take 90 days to one year to develop. These folks are professional and are as qualified as those anywhere. They already run their own hospital,” Cox reiterated.

“They are so dedicated. It's touching, the dedication these people have...touching and refreshing.”

“The 100 people here [employees] have made this place survive.

“The community is lucky to have such an involved board. This board is very involved. They call me daily.”

They put it on the line because they are willing to be called in the middle of the night with complaints.”

Cox also told of her plans to contact and collaborate with area hospitals, even those in Amarillo.

“I believe we need to collaborate with all the surrounding hospitals, just to provide care to the community. I see us working as partners.”

Cox then talked of plans to establish a respite program for local health care professionals, doctors and nurses alike; with area and Amarillo hospitals perhaps sharing doctors and nurses for one weekend per month so Cimarron Memorial's people could rest.

“This is my approach [to prevent employee burnout]. When you fight fires daily, you can't work at fire prevention,” Cox explained.

Cox, and her husband who has retired from work with Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development, have chosen to live in Kenton.

“We love your sunrises and sunsets,” she smiled.

“And the entire town [Boise City] has been so friendly.”