Redwood Hospital CEO Fired 09 Aug 12

The chief executive of the city-owned Redwood Falls hospital has been fired after he was accused of double-dipping on travel expenses. The Redwood Falls City Council in a unanimous vote on Tuesday agreed to terminate Redwood Area Hospital CEO Jim Schulte. He was charged with two gross misdemeanors this week. The criminal complaint accuses Schulte of being reimbursed about $1,000 by a medical imaging equipment company for travel from August 2010 through November 2011. Schulte is a director for the company, Central Minnesota Diagnostic. He also allegedly filed for reimbursement from the city for the same trips, which the city paid. About 20 people attended the meeting in support of Schulte, who was given the Shining Star award by the Redwood Area Chamber earlier this year for his 31 years of accomplishment as the hospital.