The “hiring surge,” as it was termed during last week’s regular monthly meeting of the district’s governing board, has played out over the past month. During that time, six people have been brought on board to fill nursing-related positions previously handled by contract workers hired through agencies.
The Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District is losing one doctor next month, but two new physicians are slated to come on board afterward — one almost immediately afterward — district officials revealed last week.
The impetus for the physician shuffle, made public during Thursday’s regular monthly meeting of the district’s governing board, is the looming departure of Dr. Marcin Matuszkiewicz, the district’s community-based physician since 2012.
Thanks, but no thanks. That’s the gist of College of the Redwoods’ response to the Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District’s offer to buy CR’s Garberville Instructional Site for $350,000. In a brief letter dated July 6 and addressed to Matt Rees, chief executive officer of the district, CR President Keith Snow-Flamer said: “College of the Redwoods doesn’t envision selling or leasing the site at this time.”
A 12 percent response rate to a survey might not sound like much, but to hear officials with the Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District tell it, that’s an impressive amount. “I was expecting 3 to 4 percent,” District Chief Executive Officer Matt Rees said last week, referring to a “community needs assessment” that was mailed out two months ago to over 6,000 people in Southern Humboldt. As of late last week, a total of 770 people had sent responses back.
Speaking on Friday, the day after the regular monthly meeting of the district’s governing board, Rees said the scanner, an important diagnostic tool, would be housed in a modular facility located near the Emergency Room entrance at Jerold Phelps Community Hospital.
Prior to the closed session there was an agenda item for public discussion regarding employee housing needs and directing administration to pursue housing options. District human resources director Hunter Tucker reported that employee housing was needed.
The Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District (SHCHD) and Redwoods Rural Health Center (RRHC) boards of directors got together for dinner and a joint board meeting at the Chimney Tree in Phillipsville on June 8.
After introductions of RRHC and SHCHD board and staff members, Matt Rees, chief executive of the healthcare district, opened the meeting to discussion of possible areas of cooperation between the two organizations.
Humboldt County Public Health staffers have told the Board of Supervisors that the county is seeing a “frightening increase” in the Hepatitis C infection rate and a needle exchange program aims to control it.
The report to supervisors described Humboldt County as having one of the highest Hepatitis C rates in the state. With over 7,000 documented cases, at least 5 percent of the county’s population is affected.
It’s fair to say that Matt Rees, CEO of the Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District, is moving fast with his push to have the district build a new hospital on a 2.9-acre property immediately west of Garberville that’s now owned by College of the Redwoods.
At the Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District Board of Directors regular meeting on May 26, district administrator Matt Rees gave an update about the CT scanner acquisition and the board voted to hire consultants to look into the feasibility of building and financing a new hospital at the College of the Redwoods site in Garberville.
At the all-day Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District (SHCHD) strategic planning meeting on Tuesday, May 10, the board of directors discussed revisions to their mission, values, and vision statements, and announced they were in negotiations to purchase the College of the Redwoods (CR) property in Garberville. In the evening the meeting reconvened at the Chimney Tree in Phillipsville where the board discussed a parcel tax proposal and heard an estimate on the cost of building a new hospital.
But it turns out there’s another Coach Landry — Jeff Landry, a former football coach at College of the Redwoods who late last month was hired as the new principal at South Fork High School effective July 1.
The Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District Board of Directors heard a financial report from the new chief financial officer (CFO), learned of a federal drug discount program that promises to bring new revenue to the district, and took another step toward creating a voucher program at their April 28 meeting.
In the district’s financial report, CFO Paul Eves reported February gross revenue was consistent with the rest of the year, and March was down. He concluded that the bottom lines for February and March were positive.
The Shelter Cove Resort Improvement District (RID) Board of Directors heard presentations from representatives of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and the Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District at their regular meeting on Thursday, April 21.
Matt Rees, new chief executive officer of the Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District, introduced himself to the board and the 25 members of the public in attendance, and spoke about the challenge of building a new health care facility in Southern Humboldt.
An agency that administers tobacco tax-funded children’s programs states that Humboldt and Mendocino counties have the highest percentage in the state of adult residents who’ve had adverse childhood experiences.
At its April 19 meeting, the Board of Supervisors fielded an annual report from First 5 Humboldt, the commission that oversees spending of Proposition 10 tobacco tax revenue on children’s and families’ programs.
The board chose Redwood Empire, Inc., of Fortuna, for a “lump sum base bid” of $148,720 for the work. District operations officer Kent Scown said that the project is a full reroof of the entire facility to be completed no later than Sept. 15.
In a presentation that capped National Public Health Week, Susan Buckley, the county’s public health director, was joined by several county health staffers who she said do their work “without much fanfare until a disease event happens or there is increased risk of disease spread.”
Humboldt County supervisors have been told that the Area 1 Agency on Aging non-profit might decide to discontinue carrying out state-mandated senior assistance services for Humboldt and Del Norte counties.
Potential changes to the agency were discussed at the April 5 supervisors meeting. Maggie Kraft, the agency’s executive director, said that state and federal funding for her group’s work has declined over the years.
The potential implementation of Laura’s Law — the 2003 state law named after Laura Wilcox, a 19-year-old mental health services clerk who was killed in a Nevada City shooting attack by a man who had refused treatment — was explored at the April 5 supervisors meeting.
At a community meeting last Thursday, Kent Scown, the district’s director of operations, estimated that in the not-too-distant future Jerold Phelps Community Hospital would be able to offer patients CT scans.
In a unanimous vote at its regular monthly meeting last Thursday, the governing board of the Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District hired a Santa Cruz Mountains consulting firm to provide guidance as the district embarks on an update of its strategic plan.
“It was very close with one other candidate,” revealed David Ordoñez, a member of the governing board of the Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District, referring to the decision-making process that led to last week’s naming of the 47-year-old Rees as the district’s new chief executive officer.