Bell Hospital CEO Bounds resigns

ISHPEMING – The CEO of Bell Hospital in Ishpeming has resigned.

The resignation of Bell CEO Floyd Bounds, who started in the position in September 2012, was announced in a press release Tuesday from Jim Bogan, market president of LifePoint Hospitals in the Upper Peninsula.

LifePoint, a national health care company headquartered in Tennessee, completed its purchase of Bell in December.

Mitchell Leckelt, assistant administrator for Marquette General Hospital, will serve in the interim as Bell’s top executive while LifePoint conducts “an aggressive national search to find the right person to fill this important position and lead the hospital into the future,” according to the release.

Marquette General is owned by Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a collaboration between LifePoint and Duke University Health System.

Officials from Bell and MGH declined to comment on Bounds’ departure beyond the release, in which Bogan thanks Bounds for his work since Bell was sold.

“We appreciate Floyd’s efforts to successfully lead the hospital through the transition following the acquisition of Bell by LifePoint in December last year,” Bogan said in the release.

Zach Jay can be reached at 906-486-4401.