OTTAWA — The former executive director of Putnam County HomeCare and Hospice recently resigned a day after being placed on paid administrative leave.
Executive Director Pam Sager resigned July 12, and whether or not the position will be filled is unknown.
According to Sager’s resignation, “After additional thought, I have decided to resign from my current position of executive director of Putnam County HomeCare & Hospice immediately. I am proud of the accomplishments of my associates and the overall health of the agency over the past 3 1/2 years.”
Sager didn’t respond to calls for comments.
The Putnam County Board of Health will meet at 6 p.m. Aug. 8 at the health department to discuss the organizational structure. Ongoing plans won’t necessarily be voted on at that meeting, said Kim Rieman, the Putnam County health department commissioner.
“No decisions will be made, but it will be a time to look at both organizations and determine what is needed for both to move forward and be successful,” Rieman said.
Sager started working as a nurse practitioner with PCHH in September 2017. In November 2017, she was promoted to executive director.
Rieman said Sager was placed on paid administrative leave July 11 for reasons she wouldn’t disclose. One day later, the board of health members received an e-mail stating Sager was resigning. This has nothing to do with anything outside of the organization or the care she provided, Rieman said.
Following Sager’s resignation, the board of health made a change in the department’s structure. As health department commissioner, Rieman is overseeing some of PCHH as well as its existing leadership, including Kris Bellman, PCHH hospice supervisor, and Gretchen Lammers, PCHH homecare supervisor.
It is unknown whether a new executive director will be hired. The board is taking its time to determine what the agency needs, Rieman said. The Board of Health governs both the Health Department and PCHH.
“As a nurse practitioner, she provided exceptional care to her patients, and she had a strong devotion to Putnam County’s HomeCare and Hospice,” Rieman said.
There will be no changes in services, and PCHH staff will continue to provide exceptional service to their clients, according to Rieman.
“I am looking forward to working with the Putnam County HomeCare and Hospice staff. Their love for their patients, their agency and the community is clear in the services they provide each and every day,” Rieman said. “The Board of Health is also looking forward to working closely with the PCHH staff to maintain their position in the community as an agency that provides care that is second to none.”