MCMC board votes on interim CEO

The Murray County Medical Center board has voted to contract with John Osse as interim CEO, pending a legal review of the contract and background check, according to Murray County Auditor-Treasurer Heidi Winter.

Osse would replace former CEO Mel Snow, whose resignation was accepted by the MCMC board Wednesday amidst ongoing controversy at the Slayton-based hospital.

According to the separation agreement between Snow and MCMC, Snow received a severance package that includes payments of $380,000, less taxes; $27,550 as an amount representing retirement loss; a maximum of $4,000 for attorney fees; and premium payments necessary for Snow to maintain health insurance for 24 months or until he becomes eligible for comparable coverage from another employer.

Snow had been the CEO of MCMC since May 2008 and signed a contract extension in 2013.

Osse was CEO at Mitchell County Hospital Systems in Beloit, Kan., for nine years from 1996-2005. He has also served as CEO at four other medical facilities in Colorado and South Dakota.

His interim professional experience includes CEO positions at the Winner (S.D.) Regional Helathcare Center, Cook County Medical Services District in Sundance, Wyo., Help for Health Hospice Home Health Van in Riverton, Wyo., Oakes Community Hospital in Oakes, N.D., Mercy Hospital in Valley City, N.D., and Dickey County Hospital in Ellendale, N.D.

Osse received his Master of Arts from the University of Colorado, School of Public Administration, Urban and Regional Planning and the U of Colorado School of Environmental Design, Urban Affairs in 1974.

Osse is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Healthcare Executive Network, the Interim Healthcare Professionals and the American Telemedicine Association.