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Long retiring as Tahoe Forest Hospital CEO

After more than 13 years at the helm of the Tahoe Forest Hospital District, Larry Long, chief executive officer and administrator, has announced his resignation.

Long, 53, who during his time at TFH developed numerous new medical services and facilities, said he now plans to pursue other hobbies, interests and opportunities in his retirement, which begins at the end of June.

“I have no plans to leave this area, though,” said Long, whose family has owned a cabin in Truckee since the 1940s. “I love it here.”

According to Rob Eskridge, treasurer of the TFH board of directors, losing Long will mean losing a significant asset to the hospital district.

“I’ve been most impressed with his abilities to deal with the challenges of managing a hospital in a growing community like Truckee,” Eskridge said. “The end result is that we have a depth of health care services available locally that most communities our size will never see.”

However, Eskridge also said he believes that the hospital can survive the transition without too many interruptions.

“I am confident that TFH will be able to recruit a top-notch professional to replace him, though,” Eskridge said. “This transition will not affect the operations of the hospital, the expansion project or the capital campaign.”

The hospital is currently in the middle of raising $4 million in a community-wide campaign to help pay for the $23 million expansion and renovation of the hospital.

The board of directors was scheduled to hold a special meeting Wednesday, after the Sierra Sun’s deadline, to discuss the recruitment of a new CEO.

Eskridge said he thought the board would hire a recruiting firm to assist them in its search, as well as appoint an interim administrator until a permanent replacement could be located.

Board member Leonard Shaheen said Long’s retirement would be a major change for the district.

“Tahoe Forest Hospital is going to lose a very good CEO,” Shaheen said.

Long became a permanent Truckee resident in 1989 when he was recruited by Tahoe Forest Hospital from Tuolumne General Hospital in Sonora.

Some of his daily activities as CEO included strategic and long-range planning, leadership and facilitating on site work efforts. Additionally, he ensured all systems were in place to secure the financial standing of the hospital and provide quality care.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time working with the dynamic team of professionals at Tahoe Forest Hospital,” Long said. “[The team members’] talents, resources and expertise gave us the opportunity to rank as one of the top four hospitals, out of 113, in the recent PEP-C Project. We received three stars in every category.”

The PEP-C project is a collaborative and voluntary process dedicated to improving hospital care. Working in partnership with select hospitals, PEP-C conducted more than 21,000 surveys designed to fully understand the hospital experience from the patient’s perspective. Tahoe Forest Hospital scored three stars, the highest mark given, in every category researched.

Some of Long’s other accomplishments during his time at TFH include: spearheading the capital campaign, developing the foundation for the western addition and serving as a member of the Blue Cross of California Hospital Relations Committee from 1996 to the present.

While Long said he would miss his work and colleagues at TFH, he said he looks forward to remaining an integral part of the Truckee community.

“This is also a tremendous opportunity to bring a new person in to direct this outstanding organization,” Long said.

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