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The Hutcheson Medical Center board met in a special called meeting Monday and received the resignation of CEO Charles Stewart and that of the hospital’s vice president of operations and interim CFO Gerald Faircloth.

Hutcheson Medical Center Board of Directors Chairwoman Martha Attaway said both resignations are effective immediately.

“I appreciate the opportunity to have worked with the Hutcheson Medical Center Board of Directors and the support they have shown me during my tenure,” Stewart said in a news release. “I feel the organization is facing a time where new leadership is needed.”

When contacted Tuesday Dade County Executive Ted Rumley said he felt the move was necessary for negotiations with Erlanger Medical Center to move forward. They are seeking a joint operating agreement to insure Hutcheson remains in operation.

The 300-bed hospital that serves Walker, Dade and Catoosa Counties has lost money in four of the last five years and in recent months has averaged just 30 to 40 patients a day.

Chairwoman Attaway said the board’s main concern for Hutcheson is to provide quality care for our patients, while producing a stable environment for our employees.

The Sentinel will have updates on this story as they become available over the next few weeks.

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