SEARCH FOR NEW GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL CEO
The position has not been officially filled for some months, but according to interim CEO Buddy Bond, the decision could be nearing as to who will be the next CEO of Greenville Regional Hospital. Bond gave an update at the annual Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary meeting Tuesday night. Bond said they have two very well qualified finalists who have made site visits, been interviewed and meet the requirements of the position. Bond went on to say that one candidate holds both an MD and an MBA, Master’s in Business Administration. Bond said the next step is for the two candidates to meet the hospital board, and the medical staff. If one of these two candidates is hired, the announcement could come before the hospitals annual meeting in April. Bond said both candidates are highly qualified, but the right candidate needs to fit the job and the community, as well.
PRESIDENT OBAMA TO BE IN ST. LOUIS NEXT WEEK
While in St. Louis next week for a fundraiser, President Obama will make a pitch for health insurance reform. The White House is confirming that the President will speak in St. Louis Wednesday, March 10. Other details of the trip and the speech aren't being disclosed, but in an address in Washington recently, Obama called on congressional leaders to bring pending health care reform legislation to a vote in the next few weeks.
SMITHBORO VILLAGE BOARD MEETS
The Smithboro Village Board met Monday night. Pets running loose is an issue of concern for village residents. Dogs must be on a leash if they leave the owner's yard. Mayor Kennedy said residents with loose dogs might receive a friendly visit from a representative of the village. Smithboro Fire Protection District Treasurer Bob Tompkins attended the meeting to discuss options for the fire district. Trustee John Krich asked if the issue was one of training and personnel rather than one of revamping the district. He added that to be a firefighter, members must meet certain health qualifications. Tompkins agreed the district needs younger firefighters and asked for suggestions of those between 25 - 30 years old, to join the department. More volunteers are needed as five firefighters are needed to send out a truck to a fire call.