FRIDAY, 07 DECEMBER 2012
CAY HILL–The Supervisory Council of the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) has decided to end the contract of embattled General Director of SMMC Dr. George Scot as hospital Director as of December 31.
The council said in a press release on Thursday that this decision was taken “in the best interest of the SMMC, its patients, staff and personnel as well as of Scot.”
The council said SMMC has as an important goal to strengthen the organizational structure of “our institution, so that we could better cope with the changing environment and demands placed on it”, while positioning itself to be able to meet those ever- increasing demands in a most human and equitable manner, while aiming for the highest possible standard of quality of care.
“Therefore we have contracted an independent agency earlier this year with ample experience in health care institutions to make an organizational scan of the top structure of the SMMC in order to advise us as to the most ideal make-up of the top managerial structure in the SMMC,” the council said.
“This independent agency has taken the future plans, the scale of the island, the context in which we have to perform our services as well as the scarce availability of specific capacities into account. The organizational scan is currently in its final stages and on basis of the outcome and the discussions that will ensue, the Supervisory Council will make the necessary decisions regarding the ideal constellation of the Board of Directors as well as the necessary supporting Management Team,” it was stated in the release.
“In addition and in view of the ever-increasing responsibilities and workload of the Board of Directors, the plans for the future of SMMC and the expressed wishes of Dr. Scot to be able to spend more time with his family in The Netherlands, earlier this year Dr. Scot and the Supervisory Council have jointly agreed that the current contract with AnG Consultancy NV and the appointment of Dr. Scot as managing director would not be renewed as is. Based among others on the outcome of the organizational scan, further decisions on this matter would be taken.”
“However, the situation has changed. Due to external factors beyond our control, a negative and highly stressful atmosphere has been created that has affected the doctors and staff of SMMC and their patients on a daily basis. The personal accusations and unfounded allegations from outside SMMC towards Dr. Scot moreover led to an untenable work situation.
“Therefore, in the best interest of the SMMC, its patients, staff and personnel as well as that of the person Dr. Scot, the Supervisory Council decided to end the appointment of Dr. Scot as Director by December 31, 2012. This decision was reached in agreement with Dr. Scot. This was not an easy decision for either party. We are currently engaged in finding an interim director. An interim position will allow us to manage the transition to the structure we will decide on, based on the evaluation, advice and debate following the organizational scan, while securing the continuity within our Board of Directors.
“We are also looking to strengthen the Board of Directors with an interim medical director.
The job descriptions for both positions have been presented to the Minister of Health.
“Dr. Scot will provide full collaboration towards ensuring a smooth handoff to the new interim director,” it was stated in the release.
“The SMMC will continue as always to work towards improving the level and quality of care for the benefit of all residents of St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius and looks forward to doing so, working together with Government and the Inspectorate,” it concluded.