I believe that we are, indeed, very fortunate to have Mr. Wes Chesbro as our State Assemblyman for our District. Mr. Chesbro has a history of being supportive to, not only our rural hospital but, all rural hospitals in the State of California. As a State Senator in 2003, Chesbro authored Senate Bill 376 which allowed Direct Employment of Physicians by Certain District Hospitals in California. That landmark bill sunseted in 2006 and so, today in 2010, we still do not have legal employment of physicians by hospitals in California. As a State Assemblyman, Mr. Chesbro continue to support Physician Employment with his current bill, Assembly Bill 648. On Saturday, March 13 Assemblyman Chesbro and 2 aides stopped by our hospital for a briefing on our Healing Hospital program, as well as on issues of concern to rural hospitals. They then toured our hospital. Perhaps the 2 highlights of the tour, were a meeting between Mr. Chesbro and 1 of our Emergency Department Nurses, Anita West (pictured with Mr. Chesbro). Anita spoke about her recent experience as a nurse volunteering in earthquake stricken Haiti. (more…)
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Assemblyman Wes Chesbro
—Posted Thursday, March 18th, 2010 at 5:37 pm—
Dr. John Rochat
—Posted Thursday, May 21st, 2009 at 9:40 pm—
He has testified on numerous occasions that if it were not for a window in the California law that allowed only certain California hospitals to employ a limited number of doctors – that he would not be practicing in Fort Bragg, California. We are grateful for that window in the law and hopeful that a new law will allow employment for doctors once again so that Dr. Rochat may continue to be employed.
Unfortunately, Dr. Rochat’s penchant for being vocal about advocating for employment for doctors in California has sometimes been used against him. It has been rumored that “Dr. Rochat has not signed his contract and is probably going to be leaving Fort Bragg.” I know that Dr. Rochat is committed to his patients and to the community of the Mendocino Coast. I know that Dr. Rochat does not want to leave. And I am confident that the California legislature is going to approve employment of doctors in rural hospitals–this year. There is every reason to believe that Dr. Rochat is going to continue to be here for our patients and for our community.