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Tahoe Forest interim CEO headed to Oregon; hospital staff mum on details

Margaret Moran and Kevin MacMillan
mmoran@sierrasun.com
Ginny Razo addresses the public during Tuesday's hospital board meeting.
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OUR VIEW

The news of Ginny Razo leaving the district is another example of a lack of proper communication at the top of the Tahoe Forest Hospital District, the Sierra Sun writes in its editorial this week.

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Click here to view Tahoe Forest Hospital District board of directors special Thursday meeting agenda and packet.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Tahoe Forest Hospital District Board of Directors will meet today to discuss how to replace interim CEO Virginia “Ginny” Razo after she announced her resignation earlier this week.

The board will hold a special meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Eskridge Conference Room at Tahoe Forest Hospital, 10121 Pine Ave., to review options ranging from hiring someone to taking a team approach to fill the interim void.

“I think we’ll have a number of options to choose from; (we) just have to find the right one for our health system,” board chair Karen Sessler said Wednesday.

During Tuesday’s regular board meeting, Jayne O’Flanagan, chief human resources officer for the district, told directors that resumes and inquiries for both the interim and permanent CEO position have been received since Razo’s resignation was made public Monday.

With Razo resigning effective May 1 to take a CEO position with an out-of-state health care system, the board’s goal is to fill the interim position by then, Sessler said.

“This is definitely not something that I think we need to sit on for any length of time,” director John Mohun said during Tuesday’s meeting. “It’s not good for the hospital. It’s not good for the district, and it’s certainly not good for everybody that’s involved, physicians included. We need certainty.”

When phone calls were made to Razo this week to inquire where she’s headed out of state, questions were deferred to Paige Nebeker Thomason, district director of marketing and communications.

Thomason said she is the point of contact for comments from Razo. When asked where Razo is headed, Thomason wrote in an email to the Sun that “this personnel information won’t be disclosed.”

According to a March 31 article in the Curry Coastal Pilot newspaper, Razo will join the Curry Health Network in southern Oregon on May 4 as chief executive officer.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be joining Curry Health Network and to serve the coastal communities of southern Oregon with a team of dedicated staff and medical providers,” Razo said this week, according to the newspaper. “While my husband Richard and I were visiting Gold Beach, the sense of community pride and excitement about the future of CHN was palpable.

“Our family is so excited to be joining the community and organization in May.”

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READ MORE: Click here to read a press release from Curry Health Network announcing Ginny Razo as its new CEO.

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Razo’s resignation letter to the Tahoe Forest board, dated Tuesday, reports she received an offer at “another health system,” and it was “too exciting” an opportunity to turn down.

At Truckee-Tahoe, while the board searches for interim leadership, it will also move forward with identifying qualities and skills desired in a permanent district CEO, Sessler said.

Last week at a board retreat, the board outlined the process it would take in hiring a new permanent CEO, said director Greg Jellinek, including identifying qualities by taking community and staff input, hiring a search firm and evaluating the top candidates.

Razo became the district’s interim leader Jan. 28, replacing former CEO Bob Schapper after the board decided to not renew his employment contract.

Her interim CEO contract was for 18 months, or upon the start date of a CEO, with $251,901 in compensation and roughly $36,000 in education loan forgiveness.

“My question is when did Ginny start looking for this job — before or after she got promoted?” asked Truckee resident Michael O’Malley at Tuesday’s meeting. “Either way it stinks to high heaven when we gave out hard earned taxpayers money, forgave a loan … and she burned us in two months. She has a total lack of commitment and community.”

When the Sun attempted to contact Razo to address these concerns, questions were also deferred to Thomason, who referred to the same email response: “this personnel information won’t be disclosed,” adding that there is, “nothing else to add at this point.”

According to the March 31 Curry Coastal Pilot article, Razo was among more than 30 applicants who vied for the Oregon CEO position.

“There were many highly qualified individuals interested, and after a comprehensive selection process lasting several months, the Board unanimously selected Ginny as the best candidate,” Gary Anderson, board chair of Curry Health District, said in the story.

Razo started working for the Tahoe-Truckee district in July 1996, formerly serving as chief operating officer before accepting the position of interim CEO.


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