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8/20/2013 6:00:00 AM
New hospital CEO takes over
Sandra J. Anaya
Sandra J. Anaya

Marty Bachman

BLYTHE - The Palo Verde Healthcare District board has hired Sandra J. Anaya to be CEO of Palo Verde Hospital. According to her contract, Anaya is a registered nurse with executive experience in nursing and hospital operations.

The one-year contract is from July 2013 to July 2014. Anaya will be paid $175,000 in base salary and medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance on the same terms as other hospital employees. She will receive two weeks of vacation time, a condo to reside in, and reasonable business expenses.

The district or Anaya can terminate the contract with 30 days advance written notice and Anaya will be given two weeks salary as severance compensation.

Anaya, who hails from Whittier, said she was told about the CEO search by the Healthcare District and came down for an interview, but never thought she would consider accepting it. After two or three interviews she liked the challenge and felt she had the skills the hospital needed in some areas.

"I have a clinical background in quality assurance and case management," she said. "the healthcare industry is one focused on government payers, value based purchasing, meeting quality care at the lowest cost. My skills and the hospital blend."

Anaya said another plus Palo Verde Hospital had was the people working there brought back memories of places she worked before.

"I met a lot of really committed people both at the hospital and in the community," she said. Everyone has been welcoming - they want the hospital to succeed. We're gong to work our hardest to be sure that happens."

Anaya said that hospitals throughout the state are facing financial difficulties due to reimbursement pressure from the government and increasing quality indicators. She said she felt the hospital needed to recruit and bring in new doctors, particularly specialists.

"One of the things we want to do is a rural health clinic and focus on wellness and prevention in the community," she said. "Giving access to care to people who don't have insurance that we can certainly help get into services they need."

She said federal funds the hospital could receive from the rural health clinic could help out with revenue, which Palo Verde Hospital is struggling with. She is also looking at partnering or taking over the Blythe Nursing Care Center, which could further add revenue to the hospital's coffers. Also she wanted the hospital to continue to apply for accreditation.

Her focus, she said, will be on the operation of the hospital.

"I want to do the best job I can with the skill that I have," she said. "It takes a team to focus on the care we want to be known for."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

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Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@ The Original P B. Your're saying that Trina was admitted into another Hospital? If this is correct then it tells a lot about the patient care of the Palo Verde Hospital. Her being on the Board, she should then know very well what the hospital is capable of doing for it's patients.

Now the main question is did she have herself flown to The Desert Hospital on her fix wing ambulance or did she use the helicopter?

It just shows that there is a group of people working together to control this town. Since they have all coordinated to use the same means of communication to get their message out to the community.

So what all this amounts to is that she, herself being a board member say's that she has no confidence in her local hospital. So people of Blythe should also go to the desert hospital for medical care.

So much for supporting your local businesses. That is until it affects you, or your wallet.

Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2013
Article comment by: @ the original El Pica Buyas

I hear the PVH board members and the good Dr. are going to do a radio talk show. I don't listen to the radio station so I hope there is feed back on how it goes. I heard it was to promote the hospital. I wonder what type of example the board chair Trina shows when she admits herself to Desert Hospital? Does she not trust PVH? Do as I say and not what I do!

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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: @ cecelia

quote} blank in one hand and wish in the other see which one fills up the quickest...A solid hospital will never exist as long as the doctor is running it...

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: @ dont just run your mouth

I noticed also in his conversations he never mentioned, he also was a partner with his domestic partner Trina who is owner of desert air ..Wonder why he never felt it unsafe until she got on the board... What a blank...Just remember Jeff pay backs are hell...the seed you sow is the seed you reap be it good or bad....

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013
Article comment by: cecelia williams R.N.

Lets all celebrate the new CEO and wish her the best. A solid hospital will benefit us all.

Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013
Article comment by: @ Joan

Traveling the short distance is great...But you are not seeing the picture through clear eyes...Its the care you are giving when you get there...I personally have had way to many bad experiences ...Not to talk about the other patients that say the same thing,,,,

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: It would Be nice to see ....

It would be great to see the new CEOs actual resume so we could have an informed opinion regarding her hiring. A lot of vague references to qualifications for the job. Of course after years of dysfunction in the hospital I'm skeptical of this hiring. But my best wishes to the new CEO. Make sur you set aside some of that salary for future legal bills as it seems anyone involved in managing this hospital is sued for something regardless of whether or not it's warranted. In fact, you may want to get out while you can before it's too late. Good luck.

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: just me

Really now @ I need a job ...You've put the shame on the wrong people ....the shame is on the doctor and the three frogs that leap every time he says jump...If you are a honest person you to will agree this is true....

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: Joan Pendelton

OMG give this woman a chance to help, dont drive her away. She is knowen in the hospital circle as fair strong willed, caring and one who will step in and dirty her her hands. We all need to be assured that if and when we need medical help we can drive a short distance and receive care. Why not help, dont pick her friends or fights she is very capable of doing that her self. This is just what we need...!

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: From Cal Trans Letter

"As I mentioned on the phone today, I spoke with a guy from Blythe, Jeff Gatchell, who identified himself as working for Desert Air Service, which he said is the FBO out at the Blythe Airport.
He expressed concerns about helo ops at the Palo Verde Hospital in Blythe.
Please stop by and I'll fill you in on my discussion with him."

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

I wish this hospital luck, and I hope things go well for it. Because I'm just plain tired of going out of town for medical help.

But I'm sorry to say that things will remain the same. Will this CEO ride the waves and go with the flow, or will she swim against them?

If she go's with the Flow things will remain the same. If she swims against the waves she will get fired, and things will still remain the same.

In the end you have to get rid of the people causing the turmoil within the hospital. That means the Good Doctor, and his puppets.

Side note. I still think she is coming on too strong wanting to take over things, without first fixing the hospital.

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: just me@just me

I read a post where the resident admitted filing the complaint...He/she was, I feel the scape goat for desert air...soon after that Mr.Gatchel stepped into the picture...Please dont think I am supporting desert air in any way...With the doctor and the other two supporting desert air they dont need my support ...Have to wait and see how the new ceo goes along with it....

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: Don't just run your mouth

I read the e-mails Jeff Gatchell sent to Caltrans insisting they shut down the helipad. In fact they're posted on this website at http://blytheads.com/pvvt-pdf-doc/Gatchell-opt.pdf . If someone has evidence that there were others involved, why don't they post that evidence here as well? Why should we believe some anonymous (deleted) farmer's (deleted) son who spends his day on the pvvt website refuting everything they write when he hasn't provided any evidence whatsoever to back his allegations? The answer is, we shouldn't.

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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: just me@I need a job

I cant speak for others but dang straight .. I do think of me and my health and will until, the hospital can prove they are there for me and quality care is giving. sad but true Its not happening here ..I know to many patients very unhappy...why would out of town doctors warn you to stay away from this hospital if you had been giving the right care...

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