January 29, 2004

Director of Nursings Resignation Draws Large Crowds To Care Center Meetings

Dispute between administrator and DON sparks a split vote of the Scotland County Care Center board and results in the resignation of one board member.

A large number of staff, family members of residents and concerned citizens packed the meeting room at the Scotland County Care Center January 22 to discuss the resignation of Director of Nursing Ginny Monroe.

Nelda Billups praised the work done by Monroe for her family members in the nursing home and asked the board to reconsider the move to replace the nursing director.

The newly elected president of the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce, Chuck Kigar, also was on the agenda for the meeting. Kigar stated he was there as a business owner in the community and a concerned taxpayer. He too asked the board to reconsider the move to replace Monroe. Kigar praised the nursing director and her service in the community.

The final speaker on the published agenda was Chris Yarbrough. The care center employee spoke about the negative effect on staff morale that Monroes removal had caused and the general rift the move had created between the staff and administration.

The board granted Gretchen Gregory the opportunity to address the gathering despite not being on the official agenda. Gregory told the board that she had considered applying for an LPN job at the nursing home but would not now that Monroe was no longer director of nursing. She stated the move would definitely hinder further nursing recruitment in an already difficult job market for the care center.

Board Chairman Mitch Jayne then announced that the board would enter executive session to discuss personnel matters.

According to Scotland County Nursing Home Administrator Kathy Shoup, no official action was taken during the executive session January 21. A special closed meeting was scheduled for January 26 to further discuss personnel matters.

During the second closed meeting board member Dee Wiley submitted her resignation.

I resigned from the board last night, Wiley told the Memphis Democrat. I, in good conscience, could not continue to support the actions of the administrator.

Following Wileys resignation and a lengthy discussion regarding the personnel issue, the board acted.

By a 3-2 vote, the board agreed to honor Kathys decision to accept the resignation of the director of nursing, according to the minutes from the meeting.

Board members Mitch Jayne, Bill McRobert and Doug Robinson voted in favor of the motion with members Joe Fulk and Glen Lister voting no.

Under Missouri Sunshine Law governing public meetings, official actions and votes from closed meetings are a matter of public record.

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