MOUNT VERNON — Dr. Brent Nimeth has been hired by Knox Community Hospital as a consulting administrative physician, according to Jeff Scott, KCH marketing and development director.
Nimeth began working with KCH Monday Sept. 17, Scott said, and will be helping with projects relating to population and community health, and with the wellness of the KCH workforce. Population and community health, Scott explained, is a shift in healthcare that is encouraging and fostering more preventative care, rather than treatment, after a health issue. Nimeth will help KCH find ways to improve the health of the community, and populations within the community, including the KCH workforce, stay healthier and out of the hospital. Scott noted that this change in healthcare is happening nationwide and said that Nimeth will be positioning the hospital into a good position for when this shift in healthcare becomes the norm.
“We at KCH have long valued and appreciated Dr. Nimeth and his service to the community,” Scott said. “The opportunity presented itself to make him a part of our team and we feel that he will help make our organization better.”
Nimeth was previously employed by American Health Network and was released for actions “which are contrary to the values of AHN and were otherwise unbecoming of a physician leader.” His contract with AHN prohibits him from practicing medicine within a 20-mile radius of his former office for one year.
“If and when [Nimeth] decides to go back into patient care, it is my understanding that he would be happy to do so as a KCH physician,” Scott said. “For now, this role [as a consulting administrative physician] suits him well. We’ll see where things go down the road, but the community loves and supports him and we’re happy to have him on the team.”