Interim CEO: Five health-care agencies here is unusual
Neil Todhunter

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.

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