In the 4 years that I have served in the role of CEO for the Mendocino Coast District Hospital I have had the pleasure of working with Mike Dell’Ara who serves on our Board of Directors for all 4 years. As a District Hospital in California, we have a publicly elected Board of Directors. Back in November of 2006 Mike ran for election on our Board and was successful. He was elected for a 4-year term, which ended with last week’s November 23 Board meeting. Earlier this year Mike decided to not run for a second 4-year term. His seat on the Board will be taken by Dr. Buz Graham in early December. I will write on another day about how fortunate we are to have Dr. Graham on the Board. Today I would like to recognize Mike Dell’Ara and his contributions to the success of MCDH.
I am going to miss Mike Dell’Ara at our Board meetings very much. Mike’s unique perspective as a successful businessman has been extremely helpful to our hospital. He has contributed in so many areas, but the 2 areas that stand out the most for me are in the areas of strategic planning and quality improvement. Mike has been a driving force in both arenas.