The executive director of the embattled North Country Children's Clinic has resigned.
Samaritan Medical Center spokesperson Krista Kittle said Daniel Wasneechak submitted his resignation Tuesday. It's effective Friday.
Kittle said Wasneechak did not give a reason for resigning. He started the job in August. His previous job was in Portland, Maine.
Kittle said Joey Marie Horton, who is deputy director of the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization, will become interim executive director once the temporary operator agreement is finalized.
The clinic, Samaritan and the state Health Department are working on a plan under which the hospital will operate the clinic until it's back on its feet financially.
The Children's Clinic announced earlier this month that it would close, but a last-minute deal kept it afloat.
Closing the clinic would have left 128 clinic employees without jobs and 10,000 low-income people with no place to go that accepts Medicaid for health care.
Kittle said Horton has previous experience with the clinic. She was coordinator of its school-based health program.
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