BRAWLEY — With the Pioneers Memorial Hospital board set to consider hiring a chief executive officer Monday, the majority of board members have said they support the one candidate they have interviewed.
The candidate is from Texas and was interviewed by board members and hospital staff late last week.
He is the only candidate presented to hospital officials by Brim Healthcare Inc., the Portland, Ore. firm that has a five-year contract to manage the Brawley hospital .
Board chairman Leo Haggarty said of the candidate, "I'd like to see him be given a chance."
Pioneers' newest board member, Daniel Paramo, said, "If Brim presented him as a final candidate, I would not be opposed to him coming on board. It appears he is knowledgeable and he has a lot of experience in the field."
Board member Katy Santillan, a vocal critic of Brim's management services, said she is willing to support the candidate. However, Santillan said she does want the board to review Brim's contract by June, when the first year of the five-year contract ends.