Hazel Hawkins will need to stay financial afloat for up to nine months should there be a sale. Photo by John Chadwell.

News

Hazel Hawkins signs non-disclosure agreement

A transition would take time, costing millions. Weighed down with COVID expenses, the hospital is set to renegotiate its union and physician contracts and could close seven clinics in Hollister and San Juan Bautista.

Watsonville Community Hospital in Watsonville. Google Maps Photo

Business / Economy

Could Watsonville hospital serve as a blueprint for saving Hazel Hawkins?

Filing for bankruptcy about a year ago, Watsonville Community Hospital gathered $40 million in financial assistance from local governments, healthcare facilities and businesses. 

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Opinion

COMMUNITY OPINION: Don’t lose Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital

George Fendler writes that the potential loss of our only hospital is alarming and that the community must do something to prevent this from happening.

Supervisor Bea Gonzales has met with hospital and asked that the county consider their loan request. Photo by John Chadwell.

News

Hazel Hawkins seeking $10 million loan from County

Supervisor Bea Gonzales is at odds with Supervisors Kollin Kosmicki and Peter Hernandez over whether the county should lend $10 million to the hospital, but their decision will likely be delayed until January.

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. File photo.

Health

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital re-implements COVID-19 protective measures

Hospital takes action in response to increase in cases.

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.

Government / Politics

As partnership talks collapse, Hazel Hawkins financial picture shows serious stress

Rural hospitals are struggling nationwide because of declining insurance reimbursements. Some familiar with HHMH wonder if this is the problem, while others believe management decisions resulted in the hospital’s current state.