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Stephens Memorial Hospital Board accepts Kempton’s resignation as CEO

Stephens Memorial Hospital Board accepts Kempton’s resignation as CEO
November 01
12:16 2019

Directors of the Stephens Memorial Hospital District accepted the resignation of hospital CEO and Administrator Matthew Kempton during a special called meeting at noon on Thursday. Kempton had submitted his letter of resignation on Oct 16 and his last day at SMH will be Nov. 26.

During the meeting, the board named SMH Chief Financial Officer Doug Smith to serve as interim CEO until a new CEO can be hired. Smith will take over on Nov. 27.

Kempton, who has been at SMH since March 2014, is leaving to accept a similar position at Willapa Harbor Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital located in South Bend, Washington. He said he accepted the position in Washington so that he and his family can be closer to his wife’s family members who live in that area.

In his letter of resignation, Kempton said, “I have truly enjoyed serving patients and family members of Stephens County and all who use our organization’s services. I will miss everyone here greatly.”

Kempton said the SMH board will meet again on Nov. 21 to review proposals from CEO search firms to begin the search for a new CEO. He said the search could take three to four months.

Story by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan.

Cutline, top photo: Matt Kempton speaks during an Oct. 11 ribbon cutting ceremony at Stephens Memorial Hospital for two patient rooms that were recently renovated. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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