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WMC President Pilong resigns

Al Pilong

Valley Health has confirmed the resignation of Winchester Medical Center President Al Pilong effective Oct. 31.

Carol Weare, Valley Health's Public Relations manager, said the resignation took place Thursday, and on Friday the hospital's board of directors met to discuss the topic.

"Valley Health President and CEO Mark H. Merrill will work with the Valley Health System and Winchester Medical Center Boards and management team on a transition plan, and the appointment of an interim chief operating officer to assist in running the day-to-day operations at the medical center," said a statement that Weare sent out Friday evening.

Pilong began working with WMC in 2005, and was promoted to the position of president in July 2008.

"Mr. Pilong served the organization for six years, and made positive contributions to improving the health of the Winchester community, among them the recently completed campus expansion," the release states. "We wish him well in his future endeavors."

Weare said no further information is available about the circumstances surrounding Pilong's decision.

Both Merrill and Pilong have declined to comment at this time.


Pray tell, what was the size of Pilong's "golden parachute"? And will the costs be passed along to patients and their insurance companies?

Yes, it makes you wonder how much the top get compared the the nurses, doctors, and other folks actually providing care for the Winchester public. How much would our health care bills go down if these people were just paid a "regular" salary.

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I am pretty positive, Mr Pilong, was probably forced to resign. That is the Valley Health way, and that is why Mark Merrill and Al Pilong both declined to comment.

I remember when I was a teenager, one of my uncles was always talking about "how interesting that a president of Valley health makes more then the president of the united states"

I'm glad we have good health care, but even with health insurance, them medical bills keep piling up.

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