Delta County Memorial Hospital has a new interim CEO.

The hospital's Board of Directors announced late Monday that Robert Thorn would become interim CEO, effective Nov. 18. He will serve until a permanent CEO is found.

The board is in the process of forming a stakeholder committee to identify a new CEO candidate.

The board had voted Oct. 25 not to renew the contract of CEO Jason Cleckler. Cleckler left the hospital that day and had served as CEO for more than a decade.

Thorn has 25 years of experience in executive leadership, rural hospital administration and medical practice operations. He is the current principal at Summit Healthcare Strategies.

"The Board is confident that Mr. Thorn will serve Delta County Memorial Hospital and its stakeholders well during this interim period," board chairman David Lane said in a press release.

Clifton woman killed in car accident

The death of Clifton resident Kayla Carmichael, 19, was ruled an accident by the Mesa County Coroner on Monday after she died in a car crash on Saturday.

The crash occurred at the intersection of H Road and 23 Road.

Her cause of death is reported to be multiple blunt force injuries and it is unknown if she was wearing a seat belt during the crash.

Colorado State Patrol is overseeing the investigation, the press release said.

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