GLASGOW — This Part 1 of a two-part interview. Part 2 will be published in Tuesday’s edition.
After his first full week as interim chief executive officer of T.J. Samson Community Hospital, Glasgow businessman Henry Royse – who replaces the recently retired CEO Bill Kindred – sat down this week with members of the editorial staff of the Glasgow Daily Times to answer questions.
Q: What’s been the thing that’s been the most unexpected so far in your new position?
A: I think the most eye-opening thing is there’s 1,200 people who work at the hospital and how much they love what they do. To walk in there in the morning every day at 8 o’clock and see everybody glad to be there, it’s just amazing with all these huge jobs they all have, but they all really like coming to work.
Q: So, morale is good?
A: Yes, everybody really, really seems to enjoy being there. I’ve been trying to come in a little bit different ways because I want to – I just know so many different people and I don’t want to be invisible and it’s just everybody really likes the task at hand of providing health care. I wouldn’t call it unexpected, but I’m saying it’s just nice to see. You don’t see that when you’re on the board because you’re not there on a regular basis.
Q: How long were you on the hospital’s board of directors?
A: Thirteen years.
Q: And how much of that time were you chairman?
A: Four years.
Q: You are interim CEO for up to a year while they do the search for a permanent one?
A: Yes, that’s right.
Q: Has the search committee been formed yet?