Hospital District Announces Management Change
The Board of Directors of the John C. Fremont Healthcare District announced that Alan MacPhee is leaving his position at the hospital. He has been CEO for the past four years. During that time, the hospital has pulled out of a financial decline.
Matthew Matthiessen, who has been the Chief Financial Officer responsible for direct management of the financial turnaround, will be standing in as the Interim CEO. The Board will begin an executive search immediately.
Issues have arisen from the testimony by the public at recent board meetings. "Our staff has been working diligently to correct the problems that have been pointed out by our community. They've put in an unbelievable number of hour of overtime. Nevertheless, despite gains made in correcting problems and improving services, hospital morale has been low during this period," said Candy O'Donel-Browne, board chair.
She went on to say, "The employees and doctors at the John C. Fremont Healthcare District make up the most highly qualified workforce in Mariposa. They provide basic medical services that match the quality you would expect to find in Stanford or UCSF. If patients need more comprehensive emergency care than we can provide in our small hospital, we stabilize them here and transfer them safely to larger hospitals so they can get the specialized attention they need. We believe the people who operate our hospital and clinics deserve to feel appreciated and honored."
The Board of Directors felt it was time for a change in senior management. They began with a self-assessment of their own performance as a board, which was announced at the June board meeting. They used a tool developed by the Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD). This gave them a baseline to measure improvement. As a result, they are working on a team approach to fine tune their ability to represent the community.
ACHD supplied an equally thorough tool for the annual CEO evaluation. This gave the board an opportunity to evaluate the fit of the CEO to the needs of the hospital and the community at this time. After careful deliberation, the board and Mr. MacPhee have parted ways.
A search is under way to select a new CEO. "Meanwhile, the senior staff is experienced and capable of managing the hospital and clinics without disruption," said O'Donel-Browne.