Branco out as Russell County Hospital CEO

Hospital Board, former CEO "mutually agree" to part ways

The Russell County Hospital Board of Directors has approved a severance package for former Russell County Hospital CEO Patrick Branco after the two “mutually agreed” to part ways.

The board met in a special session Wednesday afternoon and immediately went into executive session. The board was in executive session for about 30 minutes before returning to open session and bringing forth a motion to give Board Chair Neal Dalton the authority to put together a severance package.

Dalton said Branco has done good things for the hospital.

“Pat has done many good things for the hospital over the past couple of years, especially during a most difficult time of dealing with COVID and all the issues that resulted from the pandemic,” Dalton said. “On behalf of the board, we thank Pat for his service and wish him nothing but the best.”

Branco said he is planning to enter retirement.

“As I head off into my much-anticipated retirement, I wanted to express my deep gratitude to the staff of Russell County Hospital, especially the incredible physicians and providers for the support they provided me during the challenges we faced with COVID and other issues,” Branco said. “I have met some incredible people at the hospital and the community, and I wish God’s blessing on each of them. I thank the board for the opportunity to serve. I was deeply honored.”

The board also went into executive session to discuss an interim CEO, but no action was taken upon going back into open session.

The board will have another special-called meeting on Friday at 4 p.m. in the Duo Broadband Boardroom.


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