In accordance with Texas law, no votes were taken during the executive session, which was closed to the public and the press.
McDonald said that the search for Anderson’s successor would take a back seat to creating a new position for Anderson that will keep him working at the hospital beyond Dec. 31. The board plans to hire an organizational expert to help define Anderson’s new role.
His new position will be designed to capitalize on Anderson’s strengths, including his knowledge of public health, healthcare reform and disparity of care issues, McDonald said. The board hopes to finalize an agreement with Anderson before his current contract expires.
McDonald is a nephrologist whose professional relationship with Dr. Anderson dates back to her days as an intern.
She explained that at first the board thought that nothing out of the ordinary was discovered during the first visit by CMS surveyors. McDonald explained that CMS traditionally conducts an exit interview with staff after a survey and that staff members present, including Anderson, described the process as routine.
Several days later a letter from CMS informed Anderson and the board of the extensive deficiencies, including the immediate jeopardy issues.
Still, the board didn’t request and Anderson didn’t offer his resignation following the CMS disclosures.