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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: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: @ I need a job

Thank U. Ann Landers called people like these "clods." They don't care about anyone but theirselfs. They are dying to say we told you so, but they will probably die without the chance.

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: I Need A Job

I can't even put into words what I really want to say to all of you that have commented so far! Let me just say that I'm ashamed of each and every one of you! You should've taken this opportunity to welcome someone new to the community. Give her a chance to hang herself before you ridicule her and put on either side of the board and pick her friends for her! Good grief, let her prove herself (or not) to be someone who really has a good heart and intentions. And, let her choose her own friends and make her own enemies after she gets here not before! Shame on every one of you!

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: Going Broke

I see less and less Prison vans at the hospital. Look as if the CDCR wised up and started sending patients west. This has to be a Huge blow for the Hospital.

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: @ Just me

Well said. Desert Air will be continued to be used at all costs. My personal prediction is that the board majority and the good doctor will stall and drag their feet on this project as long as they can. I wonder what ever happened to the good doctors "Random Air Transport study"? Did he ever complete it? The last board meeting I was at is when he announced it.

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: @ just me

So why was the part of the complaint not being filed by Mr.Gatchell left out of the story? Why was the whole context of how this all came about and how Mr. Gatchell came into contact with the county officials left out of the story? Most people in town think this all was initiated by Mr. Gatchell when it was not. Once again another story by the PVVT where important details get left out but keep telling us all there is no agenda at play here. We as a community should expect better!

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: just me

Talking about the helipad ..True the complaint was made by a resident living in the area....This resident is more than likely a friend of the board members ...She lives on Murphy close to the hospital...One of the board members has been seen at that residence on different occasions ....Watch when the helipad is brought into compliance the chief will still push for desert air to be used first...

Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2013
Article comment by: @ to @ to hilarious

In regards to the CEO from HFS, go back and read the old articles and you will see that he was brought in on a temporary basis till a new CEO could be hired. When it comes to pay difference between the old CEO Peter Klune and our new CEO, once again go read past articles. When it comes to the helipad you can go do what I did and what responsible journalist are suppose to do and go talk to the parties involved. Why do you think the old helipad closure articles only say that Mr. Gatchell spoke with the county and it does not say that he filed the complaint? Sometimes getting the story from both sides gives you the full story and allows you to think for yourself instead of having the PVVT think for you. By the way, most the time if you are going to call someone a liar then have your own facts before doing so and not just say "prove it". Obviously from your answer you had no proof of your own to back up your original statement.

Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2013
Article comment by: just me@to scared to live here

Get your head out of the mud puddle @the hospital...The paper has nothing to do with the mess @ the hospital ...One man and three board members are the guilty ones..You should be afraid to use the hospital, going there still puts you a100 miles away from quality care...Lose money on your home move and your still going to be ahead of what you have here at this point...I wish the CEO would suggest new surgeons to come in ...I feel we need someone other than the two here to choose from but if she mentioned it she would have to go ..The chief would never, ever go for that he feels he is the best..@ phantom nose ...Oh yes he and Hudson were all for Peter Klune until Klune caught on to Sahlolbei then the ties changed...

Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2013
Article comment by: To @ to Hilarious

I was the part you wrote that was incorrect. You need to prove your statements.
You will be enlighten soon....


Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2013
Article comment by: To Scared to live here

I agree you should move from here.
You are wrong on who's fault it is.
It is your buddies Dr. S, Sartin, Hudson and Burton.


Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2013
Article comment by: Scared to live here

I am scared to live in Blythe, CA without a hospital.Count me out if it closes. Won"t be able to sell my house cause no one wants to live a 100 miles from a medical facilty, the PVVT has killed this place. Sad to say.

Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Article comment by: To hilarious uuninformed

I see your back from vacation. So go take care of the farm.

Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Article comment by: Phantom Nose

Everybody forgets that Klune and Sohlobei were buddies before they were enemies. That's how hings go at PVH.

Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Article comment by: Phantom Nose

Everybody forgets that Klune and Sohlobei were buddies before they were enemies. That's how hings go at PVH.

Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Article comment by: Deja Vu

Sniff sniff.Whew! What IS that odor that I smell? Seems familiar, but it makes my eyes blurr and run, and it smells awful! Hey, wait! I remember that smell! It permeates this town every time Dr. S. makes a new "deal". WOW. Smells like we're in for yet another shady deal. Haven't we had enough already? Boy, that guy just has no shame at all! "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got." That's certainly true, isn't it? Sounds like the community had better get itself together and change the way we've been doing things otherwise the hospital will continually be a "problem".


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