CLARKSVILLE — Stephanie Elsler says she's had a "gut feeling for a while that something wasn't quite right" at Kentuckiana Medical Center in Clarksville.
The emergency room registration supervisor said she could tell the business was struggling because there were "things being done secretively behind closed doors."
"It was just my intuition telling me it wasn't going well," she said.
So, on Monday, Elsler submitted her two-week notice after finding another job.
When asked why she wanted to leave her position, Elsler told her boss that the hospital "lacked leadership, structure and accountability."
On Tuesday, Elsler and all of her colleagues received an email that confirmed her suspicions: KMC was closing and everyone will be losing their jobs by May 1.
When asked why she thinks the hospital failed, Elsler said, "It's the same reason why I quit. They lack leadership, structure and accountability. Don't get me wrong, the day-to-day work, staff members and doctors are great. But, that place is just terribly mismanaged."
While KMC leadership provided no warning that the hospital — located at 4601 Medical Plaza Way, off of U.S. 31 in Clarksville — would be shutting down before sending out Tuesday's email, news quickly spread Wednesday about the message titled "Notice of Separation" that was sent to stunned employees.
Written by Michael Phillips of Galichia Hospital Group, the Wichita Falls, Kan., company that manages the hospital, the notification told employees they all "have played a vital role in providing quality and compassionate care to members of our community."
He then went on to say: "Unfortunately, after tremendous efforts and a sizable investment, the owners have communicated definitively to me today that they have decided to close the hospital. We will be working with the State of Indiana on a timeline for that to occur. We anticipate the closure will come on or before May 1, 2019."
Phillips said Michael Congedo of BDO, a healthcare consulting firm, is stepping in as CEO to help facilitate the closure.
In his email, Phillips noted additional details are forthcoming.
"In closing," he wrote, "thank you for your dedication to Kentuckiana Medical Center. Your commitment and hard work on behalf of our patients should be a tremendous source of pride."
Multiple attempts by the News and Tribune to reach Phillips for further comment were unsuccessful as of Tuesday's press time.