Change has been the name of the game lately at St. Vincent Clay hospital, namely in the administrator's seat.
Jerry Dooley, who took the seat after Administrator Rich Johansen resigned, has stepped down himself less than a month after being named interim administrator. Taking his place as acting administrator is Jerry Laue, former director of operations for the hospital.
In a press release sent to the Times by St. Vincent Clay, it was stated that unforseen circumstances forced Dooley to resign. Laue said that he did not know much about these circumstances.
"He had other obligations," Laue said. "I don't know what they were, beyond that."
Laue has worked at the hospital for six years. He will manage the hospital's day-to-day affairs during the search for a permanent administrator.
He did not comment on the search itself, claiming that it was too early to make any statements.
When asked if he would revert to his old position when a new administrator was chosen, he said that he didn't "have any idea at the time."
"For now, I'm assuming administrative duties," he said.
St. Vincent Health, the hospital's parent company, made the decision late Friday with community input, he said.
The newly-appointed administrator said that the transition has not been difficult, thanks to the competence of the staff.
"We've got good associates, a good health staff," he said. "The hospital has been doing a lot of good things... we've just been taking it all in stride."