Perez-Barragan Family first baby of 2020. Photo provided by HHMH.

Children and Youth

First 2020 baby born at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital

Bunny Perez and Jose Barragan welcomed their son Saleen on Jan. 1 at 6:18 a.m.

CEO Ken Underwood thinks it's unlikely the healthcare district won't be designated a Critical Access Hospital, but says plans are in place to keep it operational if the certification is denied. Photo by John Chadwell.


Hazel Hawkins banks on winning ‘critical access’ status

CFO explains Plans B and C to keep the hospital’s doors open.

Christina Soto and Dr. Kyle Hsu. Hsu said he played a small part in saving Soto's life by removing flesh-eating bacteria that made her sick. Photo provided by Christina Soto.


Christina Soto thanks first responders for saving her life

Homeless shelter manager bears gifts and gratitude a year after she was found unconscious.

Anthony Mojica, director of services excellence, said attacks on staff are increasing. He said he and his family have been threatened.


Violence on the rise at Hazel Hawkins

Officials expect it to get worse over July 4 weekend.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. Photo provided.


Hazel Hawkins Hospital scores top marks for patient safety

Rating based on how well hospital protects patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

Some of the booths set up at the Nov. 17 Community Health Fair in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Health fair introduces area services to San Juan Bautista residents

Ten organizations offer information and resources.

Public forum at the Sept. 15 LULAC Health Fair. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Doctors voice concerns about Hazel Hawkins Hospital at public forum

LULAC Health Fair hosts physicians and hospital administrators.

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Children and Youth

Hazel Hawkins employees raise over $14K for United Way

85 hospital employees teamed up to make a difference with United Way



Hazel Hawkins pulls back on terminating contract with local physicians for employee health plan

After confusion over expiration date of contract between hospital and local doctors' association, Hazel Hawkins district board chose to rescind termination notice to continue negotiations.

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Children and Youth

Hazel Hawkins Hospital Auxiliary scholarships available

Awards available to students pursuing a medical career

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Hazel Hawkins welcomes new nursing directors

Hospital brings in new directors for emergency and maternal/child health departments

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Government / Politics

Three new health care board members seated

Hernandez, De La Cruz and Hurtado join incumbents McCullough and Sanchez

As Jose Antonio Barajas waits, his court-appointed attorney and the prosecution discuss dates for preliminary hearing with Judge Sanders. Photo by John Chadwell.


Despite heated opposition, new contracts approved for hospital CEO and CFO

Accusations of corruption heat up health care meeting as board approves two-year contracts for CEO Ken Underwood and CFO Mark Robinson



Diabetes Center dedicated ahead of construction

Center will address health issues in a county where nearly half of the population is either diabetic, pre-diabetic or at risk of becoming diabetic

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Hospital board directs administration to enter into mediation with nurses’ union

Action follows Wednesday's one-day nurses' strike and Thursday's board meeting