State hospital interim CEO resigns

The interim chief executive officer of the Arkansas State Hospital has resigned after a consultant's report questioned his leadership.

Randall Fale resigned Wednesday after receiving the report from Compass Clinic Consulting. The report criticized Fale's plans to make the hospital a "psychiatric facility of choice," rather than focusing on getting the hospital back into compliance with federal standards needed to maintain its Medicaid funding.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Human Services, which oversees the hospital, says Fale decided to resign because he didn't want to be a barrier to progress.

Steve Henson, the hospital's newly hired chief operating officer, will serve as interim CEO.

The hospital's status as a Medicaid provider has been in jeopardy since federal monitors identified dangerous conditions and improper policies dating back to 2010.

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