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Carthage Area Hospital interim CEO Adil Ameer out on medical leave

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CARTHAGE — Adil Ameer, interim CEO of Carthage Area Hospital, is out on medical leave, according to Chief Operating Officer Richard A. Duvall.

“We expect him to work remotely in two weeks,” Mr. Duvall said.

He said the hospital has been without its top leader, who is also a strategic adviser to the board, for two weeks.

Mr. Duvall would not disclose the reason for the medical leave, but said he has been collecting get-well cards at the hospital and sending them to Mr. Ameer’s home.

Hospital spokeswoman Natalie M. Burnham said in Mr. Ameer’s absence the hospital “continues to perform full steam ahead, and that’s what we’re doing in collaboration with the board.”

“Everything is fine,” she said.

Ms. Burnham, who also is executive director of the Carthage Area Hospital Foundation, would not comment on how long Mr. Ameer is expected to be out. Mr. Duvall said he would be back “soon.”

“Rich is assuming a lot of responsibilities, as is the board chairman,” Brian J. Scott, Ms. Burnham said.

Mr. Ameer was named interim CEO in December after former CEO Walter S. Becker retired under pressure Nov. 22.

Throughout the last 10 months, Mr. Ameer has worked toward making the hospital more financially stable. Under his leadership, the hospital has worked to increase efficiencies and streamline services. That has meant saving its school-based health clinics by reducing hours of operation to part time and eliminating its Sackets Harbor and Harrisville outreach clinics.

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