Details Of UK HealthCare Official Departure Unclear

Oct 9, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The top financial post at UK HealthCare is now vacant after the departure of former CFO Sergio Melgar. But University of Kentucky officials aren’t offering many details about the move.

UK HealthCare CEO Michael Karpf made Melgar’s departure public in an email message to hospital staff late last month, but the reasons behind the exit are still unclear.

"It's a personnel matter and we wouldn't have any comment on that," says university spokesperson Jay Blanton.

An open records request by the Lexington Herald-Leader, however, has revealed that Melgar was reportedly dissatisfied with his pay and drafted an email to UK’s associate vice president of human resources in January noting that his salary fell below market rates. Melgar was hired by UK in 2004 and, by 2011, was earning $479-thousand a year.

The news means UK President Eli Capilouto now has three top positions to fill: the one occupied by Melgar, along with an executive vice president for finance and administration and a provost.