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MDH CEO suspension extended

Brian Dietz in his office in April 2019. File photo.
Rich Egger
Brian Dietz in his office in April 2019. File photo.

The president and chief executive officer of McDonough District Hospital in Macomb will remain on suspension for at least a few more weeks.

The hospital’s board of directors met for around 90 minutes on Thursday morning, Feb. 1, before announcing they were extending Brian Dietz’s suspension through Feb. 20.

Chairperson Jere Greuel declined to comment afterward.

The hospital later issued a statement, saying, “The Board continues to process information from the investigation” of Dietz.

The board suspended Dietz in late December and began an investigation after receiving numerous complaints in anonymous letters from employees. The suspension was scheduled to continue until Feb. 5.

As TSPR previously reported, workers were upset about what they called Dietz’s “fear and intimidation based leadership style,” which they said created a toxic work environment.

They also made allegations about “reckless financial management” and a drastic increase in employee health insurance premiums without prior notice.

Dietz came to MDH as interim president and CEO in June 2018. The board voted to remove “interim” from his title in April 2019.

He will continue to be paid his $550,000 salary while on suspension.

Bill Murdock will continue to serve as interim CEO. He had previously been the hospital’s chief financial officer.

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Rich is TSPR's News Director.