Board, staff, and community praise Allen’s service to MCDH, and enjoy a down home barbecue at farewell party
Fort Bragg, California – December 5, 2014 — Wayne Allen, Interim CEO/CFO of Mendocino Coast District Hospital for the past three years, retired on Thursday, December 4, handing the jobs over to Interim CEO James Sato and Interim CFO Steve Miller. Mr. Allen stated, “I’ve had a very wonderful journey—twice (referring to his first stint at MCDH from 2006–2008). I’ve appreciated all the support; we have a wonderful team here.”
At the Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, December 2, Mr. Allen introduced both Sato and Miller as the team who will take the hospital through the next three to five months during the continued search for a permanent CEO and CFO. Mr. Allen said, “These guys are going to fit in well. They’ve already met our department heads. We’ve been working steadily for the past 48 hours to make the transition as smooth as possible.”
Mr. Sato, who was CEO of MCDH from 1991–1994, has 39 years experience in healthcare administration and is well-respected by long-time staff at MCDH. Mr. Miller, from Dallas, Texas, has 30 years experience as a hospital and medical center financial officer. He stated, “I thank you all for placing your trust in me, and I look forward to being here.”
Mr. Allen received many well wishes and kudos for his service to the hospital at a going away party in the hospital’s cafeteria on Wednesday, December 3. Requesting grilled hamburgers and hot dogs for his going away party, barbecue chefs Will Lee, Medical Staff Services Manager, and John Funderburk, Maintenance Manager, were happy to oblige, saying, “It’s Wayne’s day; what Wayne wants, Wayne gets.”
Inside the cafeteria, Chief Nursing Officer Terry Murphy, RN, and Administrative Assistant Gayl Moon served up barbecue, along with a side dish of tasty Santa Maria beans, homemade by Nutrition Services Coordinator Shonda Sanders. A salad and condiments bar rounded out the fare and dessert was a German Chocolate Cake, Mr. Allen’s favorite.
Outgoing Health Care District Board President Patricia Juaregui-Darland stated that Mr. Allen had been a wonderful partner to the board during his tenure and that she would miss his jovial banter. Staff presented Mr. Allen with cards and a framed photograph by hospital staff member Mark Scheffer, who is also a fine art landscape photographer.
Mr. Allen will be staying on at MCDH as a part-time consultant to complete several special projects that are pending. He is looking forward to spending more time with his family “who has been missing me” at his home in Reno, Nevada.