South Central Kansas Medical Center’s chief financial officer, Holly Harper, is leaving the medical center after more than 11 years.

“It’s time for something different,” she said in an interview Aug. 13. “I’ve had a great experience here.”

Harper, who began her career at the medical center in 2007, will start next month as the director of accounting at Cowley College.

As the CFO at SCKMC, she had an annual salary of $80,000, but took a voluntary pay decrease in March 2016, along with other members of the hospital’s senior staff. According to college documents, Harper will start Sept. 10 at the college at an annual salary of $68,000.

She did not elaborate on her reasons for changing jobs, nor did the SCKMC Board of Trustees discuss the move during its meeting on Aug. 13.

“I’ve learned more than I ever thought I would here,” Harper said of the medical center.

Executive sessions

During the Aug. 13 regular meeting, the trustees held five different executive sessions. In fact, they comprised the bulk of the meeting.

The executive sessions covered three different topics. The first two were held in connection to the July 30 incident in which a sick 18-year-old was turned away from the SCKMC emergency room (ER).

The mother of the teenager was present at the meeting and was allowed to sit in on the two executive sessions.

Afterward, SCKMC attorney Otis Morrow said the hospital could not comment on the matter because there is an ongoing investigation concerning the incident.

King has stated she has no ill will toward the hospital, but wants to make sure no one else is turned away from the ER like her daughter was.

Two other executive sessions were held in connection to Winfield Medical Arts and ongoing contract negotiations with its medical providers.

The last session was held to discuss matters of non-elected personnel, in particular one individual’s performance.

In other business, the trustees:

  • discussed the hospital’s responsibilities in promoting the upcoming Health Care Sales Tax vote.
  • approved an annual contract with Omnicell Service Support for support of five medicine dispensing machines used at SCKMC.