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Russell County Hospital to negotiate contract with Scott Thompson to become next CEO

Thompson was previously RCH CEO from 2018-2019

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If contract negotiations are successful, Scott Thompson will be named the new CEO of Russell County Hospital.

The motion was made by Winfrey Bates to extend a contract offer to Thompson, which was seconded by Daryl Hammond, during Tuesday night’s March meeting of the RCH Board of Directors. The motion also included language to allow Board Attorney Jeff Hoover to begin the negotiations, and it was passed unanimously.

RCH could have its new CEO in place as early as Friday. A special-called meeting of the hospital board is scheduled for Friday, March 25, at 4 p.m. at DUO Broadband. One of the agenda items listed is “Discussion and Possible Action on Contract of Employment for Position of Chief Executive Officer.”

Thompson was the interim CEO at Russell County Hospital from June-September 2018 and then served as CEO from September 2018 to December 2019.

Thompson is currently the chief executive officer of Select Specialty Hospital – Central Kentucky, which operates on the fourth floor of the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville. He has held this role since June 2021.

Thompson’s first job after RCH was as CEO of Hospice Care Plus, a non-profit organization serving Estill, Jackson, Lee, Madison, Owsley and Rockcastle counties. He held this position from December 2019 to June 2021.

Scott earned a master’s in health care administration from Independence University, bachelor’s from Central Western University and associate degree in respiratory care from California College, according to his bio on the Select Specialty website.

If hired, Thompson will take over for former CEO Patrick Branco, who retired earlier this month.

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