by Max Brantley
I received today copies of the communication between UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn and outgoing CFO Melony Goodhand on the deal by which UAMS has agreed to pay her $312,000 for a year of availability to answer questions though she has taken a new job with the Bristol Regional Medical Center in eastern Tennessee.
I remain a little confused. Why does UAMS need a non-compete to cover someone working in eastern Tennesse? Why is Arkansas paying for interim health insurance of an employee who left on her own volition? Does it really need to give her a computer and an iPad?
The key part of the deal might be the part of Rahn's letter binding Goodhand to confidentiality about UAMS matters.
Goodhand knows where all the financial cadavers are buried at UAMS. Does this agreement prevent her from talking to anyone about them, even members of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees, which has been known to question UAMS practices now and then?
UPDATE: Leslie Taylor of UAMS says Goodhand is free to discuss "any matters" with the Board.