(Gleaner, The (Henderson, KY) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Aug. 15--Two former members of the Redbanks nursing home board of directors emphasized Thursday that their recent resignations reflected dissatisfaction with the board itself, not former executive director Mark Chumbler, who departed from the facility Wednesday.
In a joint statement, former Henderson mayor Joan Hoffman and local banker Doug Bell said their resignations from the board on Aug. 4 "stemmed from a long-standing concern over the manner in which the board conducted its business, and in no way reflected dissatisfaction with the perform of former executive director Mark Chumbler or any other member of the organization's exemplary management team.
Hoffman and Bell's statement declared that Chumbler was "an extremely capable director as well as an individual of the highest integrity."
They said they "remain concerned with regard to the issues outlined in (their) resignation letter(s)," but said they maintain their desire "that Redbanks continues its role as a valuable community asset that provides its residents with the highest quality of housing and care."
In her resignation letter last week, Hoffman said she had "repeatedly brought issues to the board that need to be discussed and remedied, but the majority of the board does not desire to approach these issues in a rational and thorough discussion, let alone remedy them."
Bell's, meanwhile, declared that "the quality of its board governance process has been inconsistent with the strategic vision required to sustain the organization's long term viability."
Both have declined to discuss the details of their concerns.
Neither Chumbler nor Greg Wells, a nursing home consultant speaking on behalf of Redbanks, would comment on the departures Wednesday of Chumbler and the former director of operations, Traci Robinson.
Wells also declined Wednesday to comment on the resignations from the board of Hoffman and Bell, and said neither board Chairman Tim Williams nor the remaining board had any comment, either.
Wells didn't immediately return a phone call Thursday afternoon, seeking comment on Hoffman and Bell's joint statement in support of Chumbler.
Redbanks Skilled Nursing Center is a 222-bed nursing home located at 851 Kimsey Lane.
It is part of Henderson County Health Care Corp., a group of nonprofit facilities that include the three senior living apartment buildings -- Redbanks Towers and Apartments, Pleasant Pointe Apartments and Regency Apartments -- as well as Colonial Terrace Nursing Center in Sebree.
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