Daniel Dunmyer, chief executive officer of Princeton (W. Va.) Community Hospital, said he would step down from his post effective June 30 after the hospital board failed to renew his contract, which was set to expire at year-end. Six of the 12 board members present at a board meeting last week -- of 20 total board members -- voted against picking up Dunmyer's contract after several months of on-going discussions, said Tom Lilly, board chairman. Lilly said he wasn't at liberty to discuss the reasons why some board members were dissatisfied with Dunmyer's performance, but acknowledged that the hospital's rocky finances could be a factor. The 191-bed rural hospital has been losing money for the past four years and is set to lose $5 million on $200 million in revenue for the 12 months ending June 30. "If we were making money he'd probably still be here," Lilly said. "Everybody likes Dan Dunmyer. He's a fine person." Despite widespread protest over the board's decision, including an appeal by the medical executive committee, Dunmyer, 46, said he would help the hospital adjust to a new chief executive only in an unofficial capacity. "I think it's important for the hospital to move forward and not be bogged down by the politics," Dunmyer said. -- by Susanna Moon
W.Va. hospital chief to step down
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