Wilbarger General Hospital Board Approves New Interim CEO

- One week after its CEO resigns, Wilbarger General Hospital now has a new interim top boss.

The hospital's board members held a special meeting Tuesday afternoon and approved offering the temporary position to a man with 33 years experience as a CEO.

Only five of Wilbarger General's seven board members were at Tuesday's special meeting. And all welcomed and approved Carey Plummer as the new interim CEO to help get the hospital's finances back on track.

The hospital board approved Carey Plummer as the temporary top official here following Jonathon Voelkel resignation last week after eight years as CEO. Under Voelkel's tenure, Wilbarger General suffered financial problems.

Board members say those problems were in the business office and they have faith Plummer, who has a degree in accounting, can help.

"He is an experienced CEO and will know how to help us fix those problems in a timely manner, make changes that will rebuild our ability to collect our bills and bring in the cash flow that's needed," says Dr. Susan Couch, Wilbarger General board chair.

"We just need to turn around some of the expense and revenue that the hospital is experiencing right now as all hospitals are," Plummer says.

After Plummer retired as CEO of a rural Pennsylvania hospital in May, he says his goal was to travel the country and work at hospitals as an interim CEO, which is what he's now doing at Wilbarger General.
And Plummer expects to get this hospital back on track to fix its finances in just a few months.

Carey Plummer's interim contract at Wilbarger General ends in mid-November. While he's on the job board members will be searching for a permanent CEO to pick up where Plummer will leave off later this year.

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