Officials: Four hospital administrators relieved of duties

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer

The administrative staff at Plains Regional Medical Center was downsized Thursday, according to PRMC officials.

Four administrators were relieved of their duties effective next week, PRMC spokesperson Tayloria Grant said Friday in a phone interview.

Director of patient care services Joan Martin, director of radiology and assistant administrator Mike Luscombe, human resources manager Pam Zalewski and chief financial officer Wes White were released from their duties with a severance package and the opportunity to apply for other PRMC positions, interim hospital administrator Carl Fitch said.

Fitch said the terminations were not related to the performance of the individuals, nor were they related to a series of inspections conducted at the hospital in response to a confidential complaint.

PRMC was cited by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for violating federal rules regarding the disposal of medical waste, administering drugs and documenting quality control.

Two of the four positions have been consolidated, and two have been eliminated. One individual, under the title of chief operating officer, will be responsible for the duties of the nursing director and the chief financial officer, said Fitch, who recommended the administrative changes. Those duties are currently being managed by the interim chief operating officer, Shawna O’Neill, who hails from the same company as Fitch, the Compass Group, a health care management company. Fitch was hired to assess and improve operations at the hospital, Grant said.

Onboard next month will be new PRMC administrator Hoyt Skabelund of Socorro.
“We are reorganizing to improve our performance and operations at the hospital,” Fitch said.

“This is being done primarily to effect a more streamlined, tighter, effective organization. This is a 106-bed hospital, and in my assessment the organization previously looked like a much larger organization,” he said.

Zalewski declined to comment on her termination.

White and Luscombe did not return Clovis News Journal phone calls on Friday, and attempts to reach Martin were unsuccessful.

The hospital serves more than 110,000 people living within a 100-mile radius of Clovis.