It didn’t take long for Neil Todhunter, Ripon Medical Center’s (RMC) interim CEO, to be struck by an anomaly that many Riponites have noticed.
“This is an extremely competitive [health-care market],” Todhunter said this week, only a week into his time at RMC.
Todhunter has led at medical centers from coast to coast, first as a full-time CEO for several decades, and later as a roving interim CEO. His most recent stop was at a hospital in Sebastapol, Calif., located just north of San Francisco.
But he’s never seen anything quite like what Ripon has experienced: five health-care agencies in a relatively small city.
“In California, it was a very competitive market. But this market is a little different,” he said, “because I don’t understand all the interest of all the players in a community of 8,000 people.
“On the other hand, [most of] the hospitals [coming into Ripon] are blocked by a lake, so they can’t go east.”
But even his fresh eyes are convinced that, despite such market pressure, RMC will be a viable player in the Ripon community for years to come.
Read the full story in the Aug. 19, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.