Dr. Kevin Flanigan Dismissed as CEO by NIHD Board

Originally intended to serve as the Northern Inyo Healthcare District’s Chief Medical, Chief Operations and Chief Information Officer, Dr.Kevin S. Flanigan, MD MBA, was named Acting CEO in September of 2015 following the departure of former CEO Victoria Alexander-Lane. He then served for five months as the Interim CEO on Oct. 21, 2015, before being unanimously appointed to the permanent position as CEO in Feb. 2016.

Flanigan’s tenure was not without accomplishments and included developing a breast health center focused on a comprehensive local model for the treatment of breast cancer,  the implementation of a DaVinci Robotic Surgical program, and the establishment of a partnership with Bishop Union High School for an on school campus adolescent health clinic, for which Flanigan and the hospital were awarded a 2019 Community Star Award last year by the Inyo County Office of Education. And then, last year, the Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) named NIHD Healthcare District of the Year for 2019. None of which in the end would matter.

The bloom appeared to come off the rose when Flanigan and the board for the healthcare district announced a three-phase restructuring program to bring hospital costs and revenues into alignment at the beginning of 2019. The program included changes in departments, services, and a reduction the workforce. When a few popular doctors departed after contracts were renegotiated and others retired, accompanied by the loss of other valued medical staff, anger at the changes, and especially against Flanigan, began to steadily grow. Charges began flying questioning Flanigan’s and the board’s competence, and whether they were “acting in good faith” and in “the best interests of the patients.” Complaints about poor management and the district’s budget deficit became more frequent and vocal, as well as more personal. This undercurrent of dissatisfaction and disaffection is  what likely led to Dr. Flanigan being placed on paid administrative leave on Feb. 13, pending the outcome of a hospital financial audit.

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6 Responses to Dr. Kevin Flanigan Dismissed as CEO by NIHD Board

  1. Rhonda Aihara May 16, 2020 at 10:37 pm #

    NIHD board badly needs someone who is a medial professional on the board of directors.

  2. Inyo Citizen April 30, 2020 at 9:12 am #

    what a sh*t show

  3. Justin Case April 30, 2020 at 8:53 am #

    This problem began with the NIHD Board which is weak and incapable of providing the necessary oversight of a hospital CEO. Until this is corrected this problem will continue no matter who the CEO is. They are incapable of recognizing the difference between a good CEO and a bad one!

  4. ladysurgeon1 April 30, 2020 at 8:50 am #

    In contrast to the implication that a lot of medical staff left, I can list those we have hired since he came
    Dr Zuger. Family practice
    Dr Sharma. Family practice
    Dr Loy Orthopedics
    Dr K Meredick. Pediatrics
    Dr Waimaiya- internal medicine and geriatrics
    soon to join us and recruitment t began under Dr Flannigan
    Dr Parker-Souders- Urology
    Dr Ricci Pedatrtrics
    A contract is ready to be signed with another family physician to start in July
    Hospitalist such as Dr Schunk, Dr Mehrens to work with the others already here.
    The emergency room has added 8 physicians to the roster.
    You can see they are mostly primary care. They are the most in demand right now and it is hard to get physicians and families to relocate here. Physicians do age just like the public and retire. Yes my practice partner left and we are seeking another full time general surgeon.
    If had attended the last 3 meetings of the Board, you would have heard many of the Chiefs of Service speak in his favor at each meeting.

    • Sal May 3, 2020 at 11:05 am #

      Now were stuck with you

  5. Greg Weirick April 29, 2020 at 3:04 pm #

    Great day for NIHD! He came to the hospital with the last CEO who was let go and shame the Board didnt do a better job of hiring a more qualified CEO when they hired him ! We may never know how much he cost the District and its patients.


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