JOSHUA TREE — The Hi-Desert Medical Center governing board on December 11 voted unanimously to promote Robert Tyk, the hospital’s chief financial officer for the last 11 months, to the position of chief executive officer. The board’s action follows by less than two months what was termed a mutually agreed-upon decision for current chief executive officer Lionel “Chad” Chadwick to depart at the end of the year.
Tyk will officially take over the reins of the hospital on January 1. The decision to hire Tyk came during a half hour-log closed session in which Dianne Swella was not present but participated by the means of a remote communication device. The same secrecy that shrouded Tyk’s selection attended Chadwick’s departure. Throughout the first nine months of 2013, Chadwick appeared to be working diligently on the financial challenges facing the hospital district.
On October 29, however, the district made an abrupt announcement that Chadwick would be leaving his position on December 31.
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