St. Joseph's Faced Layoffs or Cuts, Says Mercy CEO

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, May. 14, 2012 12:00 am  

Board Members Quit

When the announcement was made, several board members quit, including Eric Jackson, who resigned from Mercy’s national board of directors.

“I have a strong conviction” that a faith-based, non-for-profit hospital is the best hos-

pital for Hot Springs, Jackson, general manager of Oaklawn Park, told Arkansas Business after the proposed sale was announced.

Bart Newman, who was chairman of the St. Joseph’s board in Hot Springs, told Arkansas Business last week that he resigned because “it appears to me to be an economic decision and is not based upon what’s best for Hot Springs.”

Britton said he was “saddened” when he learned of the resignations.

“I wish them the very best. We’re sorry that it’s come to this kind of thing,” he said. “But at the same time, Mercy cannot always be the solution for every community.”



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