District CEO Margo Arnold, who served in that capacity for eight years, stepped down Dec. 8 and is on permanent medical leave. She has fought cancer and has been on dialysis for some time. Barry Hurd, director of Patterson District Ambulance, is interim CEO.
Meanwhile, in closed session, the board voted to give Hurd an increase of $1,000 per month until a new CEO is found.
Board president Harold Hill appointed Anne Stokman and new director Ramona (East) Evans to the CEO search committee.
Stokman and Evans will review the job descriptions, and Stokman will gather information from other health districts about their CEO requirements.
“There are already a couple of companies waiting to help us out,” Hurd said.
Evans figures the district can get between 15 and 20 applicants without hiring a search firm to find a CEO.
“Let’s look and see what we can do before spending public money — instead of spending 20 to 30 thousand,” Evans said.
Hill stressed the need to look for someone who understands medical field, as well as business and finance, to run the district, which includes the Del Puerto Health Care Center and Patterson District Ambulance.
“It is important to get it done right the first time,” Hill said.
In other business, Evans suggested that the board have an early afternoon meeting each quarter at Hammon Senior Center, so older residents in town can see the board’s process and have their questions answered.
After much discussion, the board decided to have a couple of members visit the senior center and answer questions about the district.
“We’re not here to represent ourselves,” Evans said. “We’re here to serve in the interest of our constituents.”
In other business:
• Bruce Russo, construction manager, gave an update on the remodel of the Keystone Building, future home of Del Puerto Medical Center. Turlock-based Imolon Construction is finishing paperwork to be submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is financing the work. Remodeling should begin the week of Jan. 10 and take about 12 weeks.
• Patterson District Ambulance responded to 141 calls Nov. 1 through 30.
• The board tabled voting on a November 2010 financial report until Evans, a newcomer to the board, had a chance to review the numbers.
• Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187 or email@example.com.