The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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August 27, 2013

New administrator hired for St. Peter hospital

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According the report, the hospital board held three private personnel meetings. After the final one, the human resources director was told to arrange a meeting with Rohrich. Within 24 hours, Rohrich resigned.

Jackie Kimmet, human resources director for River's Edge, said the hospital commission knew about the kerfuffle in Craig, but she declined to discuss it.

"I don't feel comfortable doing that," Kimmet said.

Rohrich follows Spike, who had been with River's Edge for 15 years, a time span that goes back to when it was known as St. Peter Community Hospital. Spike, whose retirement was effective at the end of June, was embroiled in controversy during the past year after she accused Mayo Clinic Health System, which operates a clinic in St. Peter, of purposely funneling patients away from River's Edge and to their hospital in Mankato. Mayo denies that allegation.

River's Edge, meanwhile, looks to be a challenge for the new guy. Prafke several months ago told The Free Press said that the hospital is operating at a deficit of about $1 million, although Spike put that figure at closer to $1.6 million. Although Prafke said the hospital's financial status can change from year to year.

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