McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

October 2, 2013

New chief financial officer at McAlester hospital says he's ready to look to the future

By James Beaty
Senior Editor

McALESTER — The McAlester Regional Health Center has a new chief financial officer on board.

Darryl Linnington spoke to the MRHC Authority board during the group’s regular meeting held Wednesday at the hospital campus.

He said he will be looking closely at details, especially on expenditures.

“I’m here as a result of managing hospitals’ money like it was my own,” Linnington told the MRHC board.

He also noted that MRHC, a trust of the city of McAlester, is considered a non-profit facility. That could mean continuing a service, even if it’s not a money-maker.

“We may make a decision to continue something because it’s an essential service to the community, but we’ll do it with eyes wide open,” Linnington said.

While he’s aware of history, it’s not something on which he ordinarily spends a great deal of time, he related to the hospital board.

“I’m tracking not so much where we’ve been; what I’m doing is looking more toward the future,” Linnington said.

That prompted a response from Evans McBride, chairman of the hospital board’s finance committee.

“I work off history while he looks to the future,” McBride said. “I look to ‘How are we going to do this? We didn’t do it in the past.”’

Linnington is moving to McAlester from his current home in Phoenix. Ariz.

After the meeting, the News-Capital spoke with Linnington about the challenges in the days ahead.

“The first is dealing with regulations, coming fast and furious,” Linnington said — a reference to the new changes in the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. A major part of the Affordable Care Act went into effect on Tuesday.

A part of that challenge is “to help the hospital to adapt, and adjust and respond to the new regulations,” he said.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com.