Following a one and a half hour executive session Friday evening, the Drew Memorial Hospital Board accepted the resignation of Mike Layfield, the hospital’s chief executive officer, and agreed to a proposed severance package.

Layfield did not attend the meeting.

Mike Layfield

Mike Layfield

Board members Mike Akin, Ryan Collins, Wayne Owen and Jackie Pace all voted to accept Layfield’s resignation while Carl Lucky dissented and Donny Jackson abstained. Jim Searcy, the board chairman, did not vote but said he would have voted to accept the resignation had his vote been needed to break a tie.

After the vote on the resignation, the board voted to present a severance package proposal to Layfield. Lucky voted against that as well.

Details of Layfield’s resignation and the severance package proposal were not disclosed. Searcy referred media inquiries to John Tisdale, a Little Rock attorney representing the hospital at the special board meeting.

Tisdale declined to provide a copy of Layfield’s November 1 resignation letter or other details, saying that he would review the Arkansas Freedom of Information law to determine whether the personnel information is subject to the FOIA. Drew Memorial Hospital is a 501 C-3.

Drew Memorial Hospital Board prior to going into executive session. Board members are (clockwise from left) Donny Jackson, Jackie Pace, Ryan Collins, Mike Akin, Carl Lucky (not visible), Wayne Owen, and Jim Searcy (at head of board table, facing away from camera).