MORGANTOWN W,Va. — An interim CEO will take over Mon Health Systems following the announcement of a leave of absence for CEO Darryl Duncan.

A spokesperson for Mon Health released the following statement:

“Darryl Duncan is on a leave of absence as Chief Executive Officer and President of Mon Health System. Dottie Oakes has been named interim CEO and will continue in her role as Chief Operating Officer. In a communication to all physicians and staff members, Ms. Oakes said she is focused on continuing to strengthen relationships with the medical staff, employees and the communities served by Mon Health System.”

A statement from Oakes was also provided.

“I feel confident with your support that together we can successfully navigate the complex and multi-faceted changes occurring in healthcare. Mon Health and all our affiliated hospitals have played a vital role in the health and wellness of our communities for generations, and we remain committed to that mission as an independent community health system,” said Oakes.

The Dominion Post reported Wednesday morning that 28 Mon Health Medical Center physicians signed a letter in January expressing no confidence in the leadership abilities of president and CEO Darryl Duncan.

The report states that the letter blamed Duncan for “recent high-profile resignations.”

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