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Byers resigns, MSHA appoints interim

Tracy Byers has stepped down from his position as administrator of Unicoi County Memorial Hospital, according to Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA).
Chase Wilson, who previously served as the chief financial officer for the Southwest Market of MSHA, accepted the position as interim administrator, the regional health system reported last week.
Byers, who was named UCMH administrator in 2013, reportedly left his position to “pursue new opportunities,” according to a statement released to The Erwin Record from MHSA on Friday, May 15.
The health system also reported that Byers’ resignation will not halt any progress on the creation of a new hospital in Unicoi County.
“The administration change will not have any impact on the construction of a new hospital for Unicoi County,” the statement read. “Plans for the facility are continuing to proceed as scheduled. Chase will provide leadership for the hospital while Mountain States Health Alliance leadership works to identify a permanent replacement.”
The process is currently underway to name a new administrator, according to MSHA Communications Manager Teresa Hicks.
“There isn’t a strict timeline in place as of right now,” Hicks said, “but the recruitment process is underway to name a new administrator.”
A new hospital in Unicoi County is expected to arrive in the early spring of 2018, according to MHSA.
The UCMH visioning committee, comprised of community members and MHSA representatives, have worked to purchase land off Exit 40 of I-26, on Temple Hill Road. The closing of the purchase is expected in July of this year.
Construction is tentatively expected to begin in the fall of 2016.