Fort Bragg, California – December 12, 2014 — The new Mendocino Coast Health Care District Board was seated at a special board meeting on Wednesday, December 10 at Mendocino Coast District Hospital. Newly elected board members Ms. Kitty Bruning, RN, Dr. Peter Glusker, and Dr. William Rohr were sworn in. Elections for office were held, in addition to the assigning of board members to committees.
In a final meeting of the previous board on Tuesday, December 2, outgoing Board Chair Patricia Jauregui-Darland, RN, stated, “Please join me in sending a wish for the best of success to the new board. Embrace the future with optimism.”
At the December 2 meeting, Ms. Juaregui-Darland handed out a statement with her thanks and final thoughts upon taking leave of her six years of service to the board. In the document, she said, “I have worked diligently with great resolve to fulfill my oath of office and the responsibility that it bears. . . . my main goal as a [then] new director for the Health Care District was to make a pervasive case for quality health care through Accountability, Leadership, and Financial Stability. . . . The daunting lists of challenges presented were many. All have been addressed. . . . I am very proud of what has been accomplished.”
At the same meeting, retiring board member Dr. Benjamin “Buz” Graham, stated that he was concerned with affiliation during his four years on the board. “It turned out, for better or worse, that no one is interested in us.”
He noted that as the hospital moves forward, improving physician retention is of critical importance. “We lose physicians every year from attrition. How do we get physicians that are community-based [rather than who travel here for a few days each week or month]?” He also wished the new board well in their endeavors.
The new officers of the Heath Care District board are incumbent Mr. Sean Hogan, Chair; Ms. Bruning, Vice Chair; Dr. Rohr, Treasurer; Dr. Glusker, Secretary; and incumbent Tom Birdsell, Member. Mr. Birdsell will chair the Planning Committee in addition to functioning as the Joint Powers Association (JPA) Representative. The Finance Committee will be chaired by Dr. Rohr.
The next meeting of the Mendocino Coast Health Care District Board will be Tuesday, December 30 at 6:00pm (due to the Christmas holiday). Meetings will resume a regular schedule in January, on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:00pm in the Hospital’s Redwoods Room, 700 River Drive, Fort Bragg. The community is invited to attend.
Board member contacts can be found at http://www.mcdh.org/about/bod-chairs/