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Former Trinity Hospital CEO Says He Wasn’t Forced Out

By Tracey Leong, tleong@krcrtv.com
Published On: Feb 26 2013 02:28:30 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 26 2013 01:40:02 PM CST
Former Trinity Hospital CEO Says He Wasn’t Forced Out

Tom Pyper announced his resignation at the beginning of February, a decision that came just one week after a very heated board meeting where community members voiced their frustrations with management. 

Hospital workers say they were threatened, their jobs were at risk, hours weren't honored and they weren't paid overtime.  On Monday evening, Pyper addressed accusations from current and former employees.  He says these concerns are not representative of the employees at the hospital and many of them are false rumors.

At the board meeting on January 29th, many people expressed their dissatisfaction with the hospital management.  Some asked for Pyper to step down, and blamed him for the low morale among employees.  However, Pyper says his decision to resign had nothing to do with the meeting.

Pyper served as the CEO for the Trinity Hospital since 2009, and says he never planned to stay more than two years.  He says no one asked him to resign and his decision to leave was a personal choice.  Seventy-one year-old Pyper lives in the bay area and says he is ready to give up the commute.  He would like to spend more time with his family and do consulting work closer to home.

Since the meeting, 20 people have been laid off.  Some of the former employees believe they were punished for speaking up.  Pyper denies using scare tactics and says none of the layoffs were unfair.  He says 2012 was a difficult year for the hospital.  Mountain Communities Healthcare District owns and operates Trinity Hospital.  Last year, they had a loss of $1.2 million.  Pyper said they had to make cuts for the 2013 budget.

Pyper has agreed to stay until April 6th to help with the transition as they search for the new CEO.