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Community Shares Concerns About MCMC Hospital

March 17, 2014, 10:02 PM by Leland Steva

Community Shares Concerns About MCMC Hospital

There are more questions than answers after the CEO of the Murray County Medical Center in Slayton, Minnesota, resigned suddenly last week after a lawsuit was filed by a former employee.

There are big changes ahead for the small town hospital. CEO Mel Snow resigned Friday, and the hospital is currently looking for his replacement. But with few answers as to why Snow left, some residents are questioning recent events.

"We're just concerned citizens that want to see things change. We've had, I know, over 20 people leave the hospital," Linda Sanow said.

"I have a daughter with special needs, so my primary concern is having trust in my providers because we lost our family provider," Trish Grieme said. 

Cal Wurpts is a former mayor of Slayton. He thinks the medical staff leaving will hurt the future of the care center.

"We're strictly concerned about the survival of the hospital and the medical facility in the long-term," Wurpts said.

Residents talk of a hostile work environment under Snow's watch. There's even a Facebook page called "Taking Back MCMC" where workers have posted anonymous comments on working conditions at the facility.  Meanwhile, hospital Board Chair Bob Moline says he doesn't see a problem.

" In the best of times, working in medicine can be very stressful. With Obamacare and hospital takeovers and all other changes, it's been not very easy but still our health care outcomes are very good," Moline said.

The hospital is publicly-owned and managed. Despite rumors that the hospital could soon join a private health care system, such as Sanford or Avera, Moline says people don't need to be concerned.

"We have never talked to Sanford, Avera, or anybody else about selling the hospital. The Murray County Medical Center is not for sale," Moline said.

There is an open meeting on March 25 where citizens can go and get their questions answered during this transition period.

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