COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
The president of Boone Hospital Center will retire at the end of the year when the hospital's current lease with a St. Louis company ends.
The hospital announced Jim Sinek's retirement, effective Dec. 31, 2020, in a news release Friday. Sinek's retirement is set to coincide with the end of the hospital's lease with BJC HealthCare. BJC has operated the hospital for about 30 years.
Sinek has been president of Boone since August 2013. The release says he will continue to lead transition work for BJC as the hospital board prepares for the BJC lease's end at the end of this year.
"I want to thank the Boone Hospital Trustees and the Boone Hospital Foundation Board for their support during my tenure," Sinek said in the news release. "I felt it was important for me to stay through the transition and give the Trustees time to conduct their search for a new president. "
The hospital board began reviewing its options for running Boone Hospital Center in 2017. The board went into exclusive negotiations with University of Missouri Health Care for the management of Boone Hospital Center in 2017, but those talks fell apart after about six months.
The trustees said in August that the hospital would like to operate as a "locally-controlled, independent community hospital." Details about how that will happen have not been released.