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Northwest Health System had its Chief Executive Officer, Doug Arnold, and Chief Financial Officer, Eddie Klein both resign only a week after announcing an $8 million dollar expansion project for the hospital located in Springdale. The health system’s director of business development would not say why the two resigned, although she did say their resignations would not change the plans for the $8 million expansion.

Before announcing his resignation, Arnold seemed to have high hopes for the expansion stating that it would “allow us to enhance these current services and amenities with 50% renovation and 50% new development.” Arnold also stated the expansion would be paid for using the hospital’s operating capital.

However, there is currently no leader at Northwest Medical Center to go through with all of Arnold’s big plans. Bill Heburn was appointed the interim CEO the day Arnold and Klein’s resignations went into effect, however, no permanent replacement has been found. Doug Arnold had not even been with NWMC for two years before announcing his resignation, and Klein had only joined NWMC in 2007. It seems the fate of NWMC’s leadership is up in the air at this point.

For more information on this story, see the March 20, 2010 edition of the Benton County Dailey Record in the article “Northwest Health System Leaders Resign” by Christie Swanson. For more statistics on the hospital, see the American Hospital Directory website at

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