Rideout Hospital CEO retires, faces abuse charges

Aug 29, 2014 6:58 PM by News Staff

Rideout Hospital CEO Theresa Hamilton announced her retirement Wednesday, just days after being charged with failure to report an incident of abuse.

The hospital announced Hamilton's retirement in a press release. Rideout said Hamilton had originally planned to retire next year, but "decided that a leadership transition as this time, prior to the opening of the new Rideout Regional Medical Center, better served the organization."

"For the past 14 years, seven as CEO, Terri Hamilton has been the driving force behind Rideout's development into a multi-faceted healthcare organization providing a level of sophisticated medical services rarely found in a community our size and envisioned a regional medical center that would serve patients from our entire region."

There was no mention of the criminal charges.

Earlier this month Hamilton and Istikram Qaderi, the hospital's senior vice president-chief quality officer, were charged with failing to report a suspected incident of dependent adult abuse and impeding others from reporting the abuse. Both had been scheduled to be arraigned on the misdemeanor charges Tuesday, but the hearing was continued to next month.

Hospital leaders say the board is in the process of selecting a new CEO with qualifications and experience.


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