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Dave Tower resigning as CEO of Huggins Hospital

Trustees looking for an interim CEO to take over by Aug. 31

DAVE TOWER has submitted his resignation as Chief Executive Officer of Huggins Hospital, effective Aug. 31. (Courtesy photo) (click for larger version)
June 09, 2011
WOLFEBORO — Last Friday, June 3, Huggins Hospital announced that Huggins President and Chief Executive Officer Dave Tower had met with his management team on June 2 and announced he was resigning, effective Aug. 31

According to a statement from the Huggins Hospital Board of Trustees Chair Stephen Wainwright, "After 34 years of dedicated service to Huggins Hospital, most recently leading the Hospital through a successful reorganization and expansion, CEO David Tower has decided that it is time to explore new opportunities. He will remain on to assist the Hospital through transition to new leadership with a departure date of August 31, 2011. The Board extends its gratitude for Mr. Tower's exemplary services and commitment to the needs and welfare of our patients and employees."

Contacted this past Monday Wainwright said that Tower and the board had been discussing his resignation "for some time." The decision this past week, then, was not a surprise for the trustees, though it was unexpected by all hospital staff members contacted after the announcement was released.

Asked if the trustees expected to make any changes as a result of the resignation, Wainwright said "no changes were anticipated."

According to the statement released by the hospital on Monday, "Mr. Tower told the staff that he 'remains committed to the Huggins mission' and he will assist with the transition to new hospital leadership. Mr. Tower began his career at Huggins Hospital in 1978 when he joined the Pharmacy Department. Over the next two decades he has served in several positions including Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer and accepted the position as CEO in March 2005. Active in our community, Mr. Tower has served on many local and state boards, including the Sugar Hill Retirement Community, Inc., an affiliate of Huggins Hospital, the New Hampshire Rural Health Coalition, the Wolfeboro Chamber of Commerce, the Wolfeboro Economic Development Committee, and the New Hampshire Hospital Association.

"An interim CEO will serve while the Board of Trustees conducts a formal search for the position. Updates will be posted on the Huggins Hospital Web site at www.hugginshospital.org."

Wainwright made it clear that Tower will continue to serve as CEO until an interim executive is selected by the trustees and, beyond that point, he will also be available to assist in the transition. He said an outside executive search firm has been retained to come up with a list of candidates for the interim position for the board's consideration and that a firm proposal was expected shortly.

Having an interim executive in place will allow the board to conduct a thorough search for a permanent chief executive for the hospital.

Contacted on Tuesday, June 7, Tower said he was looking forward to taking some time off, though he admitted it was "bittersweet" to leave.

"It has been a great privilege to be here," he said. "The hospital staff is outstanding, and I've enjoyed working with such great people over the years."

"Huggins is well-positioned to succeed through the coming changes in health care and move forward. It is very satisfying to me to know I am leaving this hospital in good hands."

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