Private Hospital Announces Departure of Head of Purchasing Department

Due to intense environment between the board of directors and the purchasing department, the department head of purchasing at Mountain East Medical Center (MEMC) is resigning and will be replaced by the assistant head of the department.

A new head of purchasing department has been named after the former department head, Bob Wilkinson, resigned. Wilkinson will be replaced by the assisted head of the department, Johnny Toler, who has been with the hospital for 13 years.

Wilkinson, who has been criticized by some medical staff for being tight-fisted with his purchasing, has cut hospital costs by 15 percent. Wilkinson was a 1972 graduate of the state university’s school of hospital administration.

He came to Mountain East Medical Center in 1975 after working for a small rural community hospital as purchasing chief. After his immediate resignation, Wilkinson will take a job as a purchasing agent with City Memorial Hospital.

“Bob’s abilities will be greatly missed as this hospital, but I know that Johnny Toler is a person we can all depend on to do whatever is necessary to keep this department going. I have great faith in him and in the hospital,” Hospital administrator Harry Illscott said.

Toler began working at the hospital as an assistant druggist in the pharmacy and was moved to his position as assistant head in the purchasing department after the pharmacy closed in 1978. Toler’s wife is also on staff at the hospital.

“This hospital means a great deal to me and my family, and I will give my best efforts to making our purchasing department the best. I learned from a fine man, Bob Wilkinson and I hope I can continue to build on the foundation he established,” Toler said.

Since early on, Mountain East Medical Center has been dedicated to providing excellent service quality.

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