Bath Community Hospital CEO Jason Paret resigns



CEO Jason Paret has resigned from Bath Community Hospital.  The hospital’s Board of Directors unanimously accepted his resignation at a meeting on Friday, December 19.

According to news reports, Paret’s resignation is contingent upon a settlement agreement being finalized and a lawsuit being dismissed.  The lawsuit was filed against the hospital by Dr. James Redington.  An agreement was reached in mediation and the finalization of the agreement and dismissal of the lawsuit are expected to be completed soon.

Paret’s resignation comes after a series of events that began four months ago.  After working with Bath Community Hospital for twenty six years, Dr. Redington’s contract was not renewed in late August.  In September four other doctors resigned in support of Dr. Redington.  A concerned citizens group was formed that rallied in support of Dr. Redington and the other doctors.  At one of it’s events, a public forum in late October, about 400 people attended with the vast majority of them speaking in support of Dr. Redington and urging the hospital to reinstate him and to keep the other doctors.  Then Dr. Redington filed a defamation lawsuit against the hospital.  When an agreement was reached during mediation in early December, Dr. Redington was reinstated to his position at the hospital.  He will return to work on January 5.

Kathy Landreth will serve as acting Chief Operating Officer until a new CEO is found.

A statement released by the Bath Community Hospital Board of Directors reads, in part:

Kathy will be temporarily assuming the duties of CEO in her new role as acting Chief Operating Officer while the search is conducted.  Kathy has been instrumental in helping the hospital during a challenging period and we welcome her continued leadership.

The Board of Directors initiated a review of its bylaws in the summer of 2014 and is committed to completing this process.  Additionally, the board will undergo its customary practice of reconstitution of membership and leadership at its next annual meeting in spring of 2015.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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