NIHD Board, CEO attend
2016 ACHD leadership conference

Healthcare leaders from across California, including those from Inyo County, participated in the recent Association of California Healthcare District’s (ACHD) annual Leadership Academy.


Held Jan. 21-22 in Sacramento, the ACHD Leadership Academy was designed to provide new and veteran trustees and administrators with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively govern a healthcare district. Healthcare district executives, clerks and secretaries to the board were also encouraged to take advantage of this educational opportunity.


Attending from Northern Inyo Healthcare District were board members Denise Hayden, MC Hubbard, Mary Mae Kilpatrick and John Ungersma, as well as Interim Chief Executive Officer Kevin S. Flanigan, MD, MBA. Board member Pete Watercott was not able to attend.


“Fully understanding and appreciating how governance works will allow the NIHD Board to continue to move forward,” said Dr. Flanigan. “When you understand the rules then you can focus on the best steps to take in order to keep improving healthcare and access to the people in our District.”


Among the topics addressed during the two-day conference were strategic planning and understanding ever-more complicated financial statements and the key metrics associated with them. Lengthy sessions on the state’s open meeting laws also dominated the event agenda.


NIHD Board members have attended ACHD’s leadership academy for the past few years. The board’s involvement with ACHD resulted in the election of Dr. Ungersma to ACHD’s Board of Directors. Last year, Dr. Ungersma was named ACHD’s Healthcare District Trustee of the Year.


The first hospital district formed in California was Sequoia Hospital District (1946) and the first hospital district to open a hospital was Lompoc Hospital District (1947). In 1994, in recognition of the rapidly expanding role of hospitals, the state legislature broadened the scope of activity of a hospital district and renamed the statute to its current reference, Health Care District Law.


California’s 78 healthcare districts can be found throughout the state, in both urban and rural settings and offering a variety of services including community grant making, chronic disease management education, senior services, ambulance services, primary care clinics, dental clinics, nutritional counseling, physical education, long term care/skilled nursing, senior housing and acute hospital care. In many instances, healthcare districts are the sole source of health care in the community; serving as an integral part of the safety net for the state’s uninsured/underinsured.


About Northern Inyo Healthcare District: Founded in 1946, Northern Inyo Healthcare District features a 25-bed critical access hospital, a 24-hour emergency department, a primary care rural health clinic, a diagnostic imaging center, and clinics specializing in women’s health, orthopedics and neurology, pediatrics and allergies and general surgery. Continually striving to improve the health outcomes of those who rely on its services, Northern Inyo Healthcare District aims to improve our communities one life at a time. One team, one goal, your health.