With Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital's search for a permanent CEO delayed for a few months, interim CEO Lowell Johnson has agreed to stay on until his replacement is found.
On Thursday, the board of directors approved a month-to-month extension of Johnson's contract, which pays him $10,000 per week, until a new CEO is in place.
Johnson, who can also claim expenses worth up to 15 percent of his total pay, has been guiding Salinas Valley Memorial since April 2011, shortly after longtime CEO Sam Downing abruptly left. Johnson's contract, which had already been extended a year, was due to expire Dec. 31.
Hospital officials had hoped to have a new CEO in place by the end of the year, but two top candidates backed out late in the process, which has begun again.
Salinas Valley Memorial spokeswoman Adrienne Laurent said Friday that executive search consultant firm Witt/Kiefer is gathering resumes from CEO candidates, and the hospital board is hoping to meet with the firm as soon as the first week of 2013. Laurent said the plan is to begin reviewing resumes next month and conduct interviews by late January or early February.
The search for a permanent chief financial officer will also be delayed while the CEO hiring process is conducted, Laurent said. Interim CFO Bob Dvorak will also remain until a permanent replacement is found.
On Thursday, two new board members, Victor Rey and Rafael Garcia, were sworn in to office; they are the first board members to be elected in the public district hospital's new zone system.
Meanwhile, Laurent confirmed that the hospital had sold a Ryan Ranch office building at 21 Lower Ragsdale Drive in Monterey for $3.035 million. The building, which houses the Alzheimer's Association offices, was purchased in 2000 as an investment property, she said.
The hospital was asking $3.75 million for the 22,913-square-foot building.
Salinas Valley Memorial still owns a medical office building in Ryan Ranch at 5 Lower Ragsdale, which houses its Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center and Visiting Nurses Association/Hospice program administration offices. That building is also for sale. The asking price for the 63,000-square-foot building is $9.45 million.
Laurent said a plan for the future of the diagnostic center and VNA program would be determined if and when a purchase offer is accepted.
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