UPDATE: Willis-Knighton board backs Elrod as CEO

Group of doctors wanted Elrod to step down

SHREVEPORT - UPDATE: James Elrod is staying put as CEO of Willis Knighton.

After a emergency meeting, the Board of Trustees voted to continue operating Willis-Knighton under the leadership of James Elrod, our current president and chief executive officer.

The board did vote to delegate to Elrod any decision regarding WKHS’s relationship with Chuck Daigle, WKHS’s chief operating officer.

'Following this meeting, we have issues we will continue to work through, and we will do so in a thoughtful, orderly and thorough manner, keeping in mind at all times the welfare of our employees, our patients and the community we serve" said Dr. Frank Hughes, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. 

 

UPDATE: The Willis-Knighton Board of Trustees are meeting this afternoon to discuss the letter sent asking that long-time CEO James Elrod step down. 

We'll have an update regarding that meeting as soon as it becomes available. 

 

A group of Willis-Knighton doctors is asking long time CEO James Elrod to step down.

The Shreveport Times first reported Wednesday morning that Willis-Knighton's Executive Committee sent Dr. Frank Hughes, the Board of Trustees Chairman, a letter on Monday asking that Elrod step down as CEO. 

If Elrod doesn't step down, the letter asks the board to take steps to remove him.

The Executive Committee is made up of several doctors within Willis-Knighton.

KTAL NBC 6 reached out to Willis-Knighton for a statement, but they referred us to another individual who said the Board of Trustees is evaluating the situation.

According to Elrod's biography on the Willis-Knighton website, he's led the hospital since he was 27-years-old and helped turn Willis-Knighton from a 80 bed facility, to what it is now. 

Elrod is one one the longest serving hospital administrators in the country.

Last week Willis-Knighton announced it was laying off 55 employees and eliminating another 117 jobs through attrition.   

They blamed those cuts on the state of Louisiana not adequately funding the Medicaid expansion.


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