TONASKET — North Valley Hospital CEO Linda Michel announced her resignation effective April 3, 2015, during last night's hospital district Board of Commissioners meeting.

In Michel’s resignation letter she said she planned to retire in October of 2015, but “I have decided the earlier date of April 3, 2015 is more appropriate.”

Michel said she came to the hospital district in 2010 with hopes of making a difference in health care and the community.

“The debt held by the district was quite large, and my directive from the commissioners was to find a way to relieve that debt in a timely manner,” Michel wrote.

She said she assembled the senior leadership team to assist in reducing the debt and deficits.

“In 2014, we found ourselves out of the debt and on the whole doing well,” she said. “I have thus fulfilled my commitment to the commissioners, and feel that forward movement of the district will be hampered by my presence here as CEO.”

During her employment, however, not all of her cost-reductions have been well-received by the community.

Last year, district residents protested when the hospital district voted to shut down North Valley Assisted Living, which provided care-assisted housing for area senior citizens.

And currently, she's in the middle of a maelstrom on the potential closure of North Valley Extended Care, the hospital district's nursing home.

For more on Michel's resignation, see the Sunday, Dec. 14 joint edition of The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle and the Wenatchee World.

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