Many new names coming to Mee Memorial Hospital
By SEAN RONEY
Published: June 3rd, 2009, King City Rustler, Page 1
New faces, new programs, and even a new top officer are all in store for King City's Mee Memorial Hospital this summer, announced Interim CEO Mike French on Monday. French made the announcement to hospital staff that the hospital's path toward recovery from troubled fiscal times now includes the naming of a permanent CEO.
On June 29, Lex Smith will be the new man in charge at Mee, having been selected by the board of trustees from a group of five final candidates. French said he will remain on duty through July 2, finishing his interim duties at the hospital as part of the Wellspring Partners consulting group, which was brought in to help restore order to the hospital's troubled budget.
Additionally, French said on June 22, the hospital will set up an occupational medicine clinic to be operated by Pinnacle Health Care. The hospital, having finalized its agreement with the group, will be able to provide workman's comp and other occupational medicine services for area employers.
"They have physicians and providers experienced with occupational injuries and treatment ," explained French of Pinnacle. "Occupational physicians are hard to find ," he said, noting how pleased the hospital is to be able to offer the services with Pinnacle's assistance . Pinnacle Health Care already operates in Salinas and Watsonville, French said. He explained the planned schedule will be five days a week, from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m., either a full time physician or physician's assistant will be available at the new clinic.
As if new services and a new chief weren't enough, French went on to announce three new doctors that will come on board with Mee later this summer. Two pediatricians, Dr. Vindya Bhandarkar and Dr. Naunya Hiranrattana, will begin practice at Mee on July 15. Joining them will be a new OB/GYN, Dr. John Fejes, from New York state. "They're all bright, personable doctors. We're very pleased to have them here," said French.
Operationally, French said the hospital has seen clinic visits go up by 30 percent, and outpatient services up at about 30 percent, compared to last year, as well. The hospital has had positive cash flow months from January through April, French said, and is beginning to build up a cash reserve. Even more new faces are planned, but in the hospital's board of directors. While the board has a maximum of 11 members, it currently stands at six. French said the board is currently seeking out new members, planning to gradually add a few members every couple of months until it reaches capacity at 11 members. "We've had a lot of people indicate interest," French said.
Mee Memorial Hospital is a 123-bed, not-for-profit hospital and the focus of Mee Health Systems, a network of healthcare centers, clinics and outreach programs throughout South Monterey County. Mee Health Systems is committed to the wellness of the communities we serve, and providing access to comprehensive healthcare in a caring, professional and responsible environment. To learn more about Mee and its facilities, visit www.meememorial.com