Sutter Coast plans to apply for conversion to Critical Access while preserving its local Board
In what Sutter Coast Hospital’s CEO called a “sincere effort to find a middle of the road” solution, the hospital Board of Directors voted Thursday to pursue Critical Access Hospital designation while maintaining a local governing board.
“What we wanted to do was have the local board in effect during the time it takes to turn around the financial well-being of the hospital,” said Ken Hall, chairman of the hospital’s board of directors, by phone Friday.
He acknowledged the continuation of a local Board could be temporary.
Hall said that the resolution supporting a local board “says very clearly to Sutter Health that if we’re going to regionalize, the local hospital needs to be assured that there will be representation on that board.”
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