Weems CEO OKd, with expectations

Mike Cooper

Mike Cooper

Published: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 09:22 PM.

Weems Memorial Hospital has a new CEO, but the county commission made it clear Tuesday he has benchmarks to meet.

At a continuance of the morning meeting Tuesday afternoon, county commissioners agreed to accept the hospital board’s recommendation for a new CEO but made changes to the contract.

Weems received 60 applications for the position recently vacated by Ray Brownsworth. Of these, 17 were selected for further consideration by the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Career Center and the Weems advisory board. The hospital board discussed each candidate and targeted seven for a Skype interview held June 13. Three candidates were identified for an onsite interview.

Of these three, Mike Cooper was the board’s final choice, and offered a $150,000 annual salary, $10,000 sign-on bonus and up to $6,000 for a temporary housing allotment.

When hospital board chair Jim Bachrach appeared before commissioners Tuesday morning, and asked them to confirm Cooper as the new CEO, he was met with questions.

“When we finished (interviewing Cooper) I said ‘I think that’s our guy,’” Bachrach told commissioners.

He said that all members of the board and staff were present at the interview an all agreed Cooper was the best candidate. “Every board member said, there’s absolutely no question. He’s ready to work and move this hospital along,” Bachrach said.

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