Jeffrey Feike resigned as president and chief executive officer of 99-bed Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie, Wyo., last week after conflicts with staff and board members resulted in a 3-2 vote to oust him last month -- just one vote short of the four votes needed to fire him. Feike left to "pursue another job opportunity," according to a written statement by the board. Hospital officials said they didn't know whether Feike had another job lined up or what opportunities he would be pursuing. Officials also declined to comment on severance terms. Terry Guice, vice chairman of the hospital's six-member board, who voted in favor of keeping Feike, said he couldn't speak for other members who were unhappy with Feike's performance. "There were conflicts at the hospital. People who supported him and people who did not," Guice said. "Frankly, it's time for the hospital to move on. It's a new day and a new dawn," he said. Guice said the disputes resulted from communication issues with staff -- including those with Clinton Merrill, an oncologist at the cancer center, who had been a vocal critic of Feike -- and from budget problems. The hospital lost $2 million on revenue of $47 million last year. A hospital spokesman said, "We're going to attempt to be more open than we were before." L.J. Guthmann, vice president of quality, is acting CEO. Feike could not be reached for comment. -- by Susanna Moon
Ivinson Memorial CEO resigns amid scrutiny
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