Burrus fired by C.M.H. board

by C.F. David

Cimarron Memorial Hospital's CEO Rod Burrus has been dismissed effective 5 p.m., June 14.

Current Chief Financial Officer, Paul Miller will be the interim CEO as of that time and date.

Former hospital board president Dan Ghoulson has been contacted and hired for the CEOs position and will assume the job on Sept. 1.

Burrus' salary will be paid through July 14 as per his contract.

According to Hospital Board Chairman Frank Lynch, the decision to dismiss Burrus came after an executive session meeting on Monday night, June 13.

Lynch said the board became concerned after quotes attributed to Burrus were printed in The Boise City News on June 8, and an internal memo critical of Miller released from Burrus to the board and department heads.

According to Lynch, statements in the story had angered CFO Paul Miller causing him to walk out of the hospital in anger, (but not resign). The memo followed.

Burrus was quoted as saying that Miller was due to leave, (because of reasons of health), and that his potential replacement would have a list of things left undone.

Miller, according to Lynch, and in anticipation of his new job, told the board that all future purchases by the hospital will require a purchase order; something that allegedly hadn't been done in the past.

Burrus' time as hospital CEO hasn't been without controversy.

Hired in mid-2004 by a board with a different look, Burrus was immediately embroiled by asking for the resignations of two board members, Richard Hitchings and John Smith. Facing an apparent lack of community support, Hitchings and Smith did resign along with Chairman Alan Shields.

In April 2005, Burrus and Nursing Home Director Nancy Roberts, had a parting of the ways when Burrus cut her duty hours. At the same time Burrus also tendered his resignation, which was refused by the board with a vote of confidence.

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