PINEDALE – Sublette County Hospital District trustee Dr. Brendan Fitzsimmons announced his resignation from the board at the end of its special meeting to select a management partner on March 29.
Fitzsimmons voted in favor of a motion to form a management partnership with Star Valley Health following a motion that he made to restart the search process.
Fitzsimmons stated that his decision was due to his role as an employee of the Sublette County Rural Health Care District and the Sublette County Hospital District when the former entity transfers its assets to the hospital district at the end of the fiscal year in July.
“I ran (for the hospital district board) because there was a time when we didn’t have enough people to fill the ballot, and that kind of worried me,” he said. “This vote tonight (on the management partnership) was the big key to everything, and I feel like there’s probably not much more useful for me to do on this board, and so I want to give you my resignation. As we go forward, I’m going to be more and more in a position where I do have to recuse myself from things.”
Fitzsimmons stated that his resignation had nothing to do with a statement made by chairwoman Tonia Hoffman, drafted by legal counsel, on behalf of the board at the beginning of the meeting. The statement included language regarding a letter to the editor submitted by Fitzsimmons and published in the Sublette Examiner on March 23 that it reflected Fitzsimmons’s individual opinion and not the opinion of the board. The statement also included remarks Fitzsimmons made during the Sublette County Rural Health Care Board meeting on March 24 as individual statements that did not reflect the board’s opinion.