NIHD CFO Terminating Consulting Agreement & CEO Situation Unresolved

APRIL 16, 2020

At its Wednesday, April 15 regular monthly meeting, the Northern Inyo Healthcare District Board of Directors met in closed session to continue work on the performance evaluations for Chief Executive Officer Kevin S. Flanigan, MD MBA, and Chief Financial Officer John Tremble. On return to the open session, the Board reported that no action had been taken.

Interestingly, in a significant development, the Board voted on an “immediate need” was brought before the Board for consideration. That need? In a 5-0 vote, the Board named NIHD’s Interim CEO Kelli Davis and Controller Genifer Owens as the authorizing parties on the District’s financial accounts held at Union Bank.

In another interesting development, one possibly tied to the change in the authorizing parties for the District’s financial accounts, the District was notified by the CFO John Tremble that he would be terminating his consulting agreement, which was accepted by the Board,. His agreement will terminate effective April 30th.

At the end of the meeting, Board President Jean Turner, addressed an increasingly frustrated public, many of whom are following the board meetings online just to hear word on what the Board plans to do with Dr. Flanigan, who was placed on paid administrative leave Feb. 13.

Out of fairness, Turner said, as she had at the previous board meeting, that the Board was being thorough and that it was a question of fairness to Flanigan and the district’s stakeholders. While she told the gathering that she understands the frustration, that the process is taking longer than everyone anticipated, she still hopes it “will be resolved in the upcoming weeks.”

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7 Responses to NIHD CFO Terminating Consulting Agreement & CEO Situation Unresolved

  1. Sal April 21, 2020 at 8:57 pm #

    You should have stopped talking years ago, and gone out on a good note. The last few years you’ve really slipped.

  2. Sierra dog April 21, 2020 at 8:50 pm #

    John. If you haD properly vetted Victoria, Flanigan would never have made it to bishop.

  3. John A. Ungersma M.D April 21, 2020 at 4:34 pm #

    I have read Dr. Cromer-Tyler Comments and couldn’t agree B more with them. It is not only inhumane but totally unethical to treat a person (Dr. Flanigan) this way. I refer you to Amendment VI of the constitution of the United States which states: “that the accused should be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor” John A. Ungersma M.D FACS

    • Sal April 21, 2020 at 8:56 pm #

      Dr Ungergsma and Dr CT – what about the MANY other people that the district treated unfairly and unjustly during the last 5 years that Dr U allowed, and Dr RCT, you turned a blind eye to because you were blindly following the lies of administration, past and present. I’m sorry but nothing either of you say is worth any weight. I’ve not witnessed either of you make sound, educated judgements. You are both followers, not leaders.

  4. Good bye April 20, 2020 at 7:18 pm #

    They also let the best skilled and trained surgeon Bishop has ever had go.

  5. Robbin Cromer-Tyler MD FACS April 20, 2020 at 9:49 am #

    I have worked with both of these men and have many positive things to say. The Mr Tremble in the 13 years I have been here has moved the financial picture to the positive. I have attended most of the board of directors meeting regularly over 13 years and found that no one else has very been able to comment on the trends in the small rural hospital market as he has. This knowledge has led the board to be able to really come up with a 5 and 10 year plan for bringing new services like the expansion off the pediatric services and rebuild of the RHC, understanding the physician financial market and a realistic look at charges. I was gobsmack when I heard he was leaving. I understand the need for the board to be thorough but going on 10 weeks without Dr Flanigan knowing what this is about is not humane. How do you defend you actions if you don’t know what the issue is. I have spoken with Mr Tremble when I ran into and told him thank you for all he has done, We need both of these men back.

    • Sal April 21, 2020 at 9:00 pm #

      RCT – why now? Why speak up now and not the many other times when someone was let go in a horrible way. For untrue circumstances. In my opinion this is the only time, in my 13 years of hospital affiliation, that the BOD is doing a true and thorough investigation. I am proud of the current BOD members and incredibly hopeful for the future if NIHD.


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