The former administrator of the Weatherford hospital has begun work as interim administrator of the Graham Regional Medical Center and GRMC hospital district.
Scott Landrum officially started on Tuesday, Dec. 17, succeeding Steve Hartgraves, whose last day as administrator was Monday, Dec. 9.
The Graham Leader reported in its weekend edition, Dec. 15, that the hospital district board and Hartgraves had “agreed in principle to a mutual dissolution” to the former administrator’s contract.
In announcing the change, Neal Blanton, president of the GRMC hospital district, said the board was working with a consultant to place an interim administrator at the hospital until the governing body could conduct a search for a permanent administrator.
Landrum’s current company, Quorum Health Resources, serves as the consulting firm for the GRMC and worked with the hospital board to place him in Graham.
“I just happened to finish an interim position in Homer, La., and I was available,” he said. “I go where the company tells me to go.”
He added that interim administrative term lengths can vary, but that he is currently contracted for 90 days with an option to renew, should the need arise. He gave one example of a transitional position he was in slated for 90 days that ended up lasting 32 months.
Landrum first interviewed for the position with board members Blanton and Deana Tillotson right before the ice storm hit Graham two weeks ago, and in his first days on the job, he has spent significant amounts of time getting to know GRMC physicians and familiarizing himself with the goals and objectives of the hospital.
Landrum said Thursday, during an exclusive interview with The Graham Leader, that his primary responsibility during the interim would be to run the hospital and continue with initiatives already in place.
Among the hospital’s looming deadlines requiring immediate attention, Landrum mentioned a Dec. 30 board meeting, paperwork still in need of completion pertaining to the Feb. 1 activation date of the hospital’s taxing district and an employee retirement conversion plan.
Read the entire story in this weekend's edition of The Graham Leader.