Riverside CEO out: Magee resigns, will serve as interim leader for 6 weeks

Published 9:06 am Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton announced on Monday that CEO Dr. Kyle Magee is stepping away from the position.

No reason was given for his resignation, and he did not return calls for comment on Monday.

Magee is a Franklinton native, and he has worked at Riverside since 2007. In late July 2013 the Riverside Board of Commissioners named him CEO. Magee had been Riverside’s chief of staff since January of that year, and as CEO he said he would like to expand services and bring more primary care and specialty physicians to the area.

As with many rural hospitals, Riverside was facing a financial crunch when Magee took over, and in 2013 he acknowledged he needed to “get the ship righted.”

He replaced former CEO Calvin Green.

Magee will continue to serve as interim CEO for six weeks, while the board seeks new leadership.

After six weeks, if no replacement has been found, the board will name one of the assistant administrators as interim CEO.

“The board is grateful for Dr. Magee’s leadership in the midst of a difficult economic and political time for the hospital,” said Brent King, chairman of the RMC board of commissioners. “Through his leadership the hospital has added many new services to Franklinton and Washington Parish. Dr. Magee has been very instrumental in recruiting new providers and services to our hospital. We appreciate his hard work and believe he has placed us in a much better strategic position to move forward through his tenure here.”

Kristina Knight, the hospital’s community outreach director, praised McGee’s work as a physician.

“Dr. Magee has also been a very dedicated physician in our community for more than 20 years,” she said. “He has treated children and adult patients with professional and skilled hands and will be missed by his patients. We understand his decision to resign and support him and his family in his future endeavors.”