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Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Hospital board should resign if non-responsive

Robert Bernosky writes to express his concern and lays out what the board should be doing.

Hollister police officer talks with SBHS student Peyton Evans. She told him she could not wear a mask for medical reasons. He told her she had to leave building. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

High School District board meeting disrupted over mask protocol

Trustees return to business after a brief recess.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital CEO Ken Underwood claimed a board member wanted him to leave. Photos by John Chadwell.


Hazel Hawkins CEO resigns, but stays on as interim

Hospital board amends Ken Underwood’s contract so he can continue working until a new CEO is recruited.

Gastroenterologist Luke Bi said if caught early, Hepatitis C is nearly 100% curable. Photos by John Chadwell.

Doctor recommends Baby Boomers be screened for Hepatitis C

Demographic represents 75% of all those who have the virus.

Board member Ariel Hurtado grabs his bags and leaves the April 3 Hazel Hawkins Hospital Board of Directors meeting after being told his presence could jeopardize negotiations for ACE Anesthesia Group. Hurtado is an ACE subcontractor. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hospital board approves renewal of anesthesiology contract

ACE Anesthesia Group will have 10 days to accept the three-year, $1.6 million offer after it’s presented in May.

Many of those attending the March 28 Hazel Hawkins Hospital Board of Directors meeting voiced their approval of the current anesthesia group, as well as concern about accusations against anesthesiologist and outspoken board member Ariel Hurtado. Photo by John Chadwell.

Hospital staff voice support for current anesthesia group during contract talks

ACE Anesthesia praised by 10 nurses for its dedication and expertise.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. Photos by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Hospital board in knots over search for management company

Unsigned letter accuses Hazel Hawkins board member Ariel Hurtado of pressuring CEO Ken Underwood to act.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. Photo provided.


COMMENTARY: Hazel Hawkins prioritizes transparency and public involvement

After accusations of a Brown Act violation regarding transparency, the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Board of Directors issued a response.

Of the five members on the Hazel Hawkins Hospital Board of Directors, lone physician Ariel Hurtado (second from left) said the board has violated the Brown Act more than once. Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Candidate for health care district concerned about Brown Act violation

Current board member says hospital has violated act in the past.

Volunteers from the Central Coast Chapter are among the Red Cross responders who have established a number of shelters in Lake and Mendocino Counties because of the recent wildfires there. Jordan Innes, 8, pictured, is glad that he can be with his pet while he is staying in one of the shelters. Photo courtesy of Virginia Becker.


American Red Cross Central Coast elects new officers, welcomes new board members

The Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of the Central Coast will be led by a number of new officers during the 2018-19 year. The board has also welcomed two new members.

Photo of Red Cross volunteer walking through the flooded areas of Hollister during the Winter 2017 floods there.


Central Coast Red Cross board elects new members

The Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of the Central Coast has voted to add five new members to the board

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Government / Politics

Public Input Sought on Hospital Director District Map Options

Public Meetings to be held Thursday, February 19 in San Juan Bautista and Hollister to review three draft plans for the establishment of five single-member director districts