By HOWARD BALABAN firstname.lastname@example.org
Medina Journal-Register — Changes are continuing at Medina Memorial Hospital.
Interim Chief Executive Officer Dolores Horvath confirmed on Tuesday that Brian Banas, the hospital’s chief operating officer, “has decided to pursue other options.” Banas left the hospital late last week.
Horvath said his position will not be filled at this time and it instead will be absorbed by her, the chief financial officer and the chief nursing officer. Deborah Michalek and Randy Nieswonger hold those positions, respectively.
“Health care is constantly changing and we’re adapting as we need to, and we’ll continue to adapt,” Horvath said.
Since assuming control of MMH, Horvath said she has worked with staff to see “what we can do to grow services.” She said one of her primary goals is to “stabilize and improve the financial health” at the hospital.
A report published in Buffalo Business First in January showed MMH is among the smallest hospitals in the region. However, four hospital employees were listed among the highest paid. With the departure of Banas, and the previous departure of long-time CEO James Sinner and past CFO Dave Plaviak, only one of the employees listed is still with the organization.
Horvath said the changes in the past several months reflect the ongoing changes in healthcare and reimbursements.
“The affordable care act and health exchanges are creating a lot of turmoil,” she explained.
She added that MMH is dedicated to remaining a viable health care facility in the years to come, and she stressed that “positive things” are on the horizon.
For example, Horvath mentioned the possibly of new equipment for additional services that have previously not been offered. She also said a helicopter landing pad has been discussed as a way to make it easier to transport stretcher-bound patients to the aircraft.
“We’re looking at the services, analyzing data, and deciding what to provide,” she said, adding that the process includes seeing where MMH stands when compared with other similar facilities.
Horvath was also asked about the ongoing lawsuit between former employee Linda Rakonczay and the hospital. Since the embezzlement case is considered ongoing she could not comment on it.