Jeffrey Feike, president and chief executive officer of 99-bed Ivinson Memorial Hospital, Laramie, Wyo., held on to his job Wednesday as the hospital board voted 3-2 to fire him, one shy of the required majority. One of the hospital's six board members didn't attend the meeting. Feike is among three finalists to head Glades General Hospital in Belle Glade, Fla., which the Health Care District of Palm Beach County (Fla.) took over this month, the Palm Beach Post reported last week. At deadline, an Ivinson Memorial hospital spokesman said Feike was in meetings and unavailable for comment. Some employees called for Feike's ouster after the hospital laid off a total of 12 workers in its accounting department and education program. The hospital's financial performance also reportedly played a role. Ivinson Memorial's proposed 2003-04 budget included a $2 million deficit on $47 million in revenue. Earlier this month, hospital Chief Financial Officer Gary MacKay resigned, saying he was pursuing another job opportunity.
Management also has had a rocky relationship with the hospital's cancer-center director, physician Clinton Merrill, who has criticized Feike, the layoffs and the quality of technology available at the hospital. Earlier this week, Merrill accused the hospital of attempting to force him out in retaliation, saying there was no plan in place to extend his lease. Merrill said he's since been told by a board member that he'll receive a lease proposal next week. His director contract also is up for renewal. -- by Joe Mantone