The Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District board has voted to end its 14-year relationship with Portland, Ore.-based management firm Brim Healthcare Inc., a move that could leave the hospital in a perilous position as it starts to prepare for its accreditation review.
For that reason we have to question how wise it was to suddenly end what was supposed to be a five-year contract with Brim. There were four years left on the contract, which did seem expensive at $590,000 a year.
We are not saying the three board members who voted to end the contract were wrong to think there were problems in the management of the hospital. However, we are not sure Brim can be blamed for all the problems. The hospital board had recently accepted Richard Mendoza, a Brim employee, as chief executive officer and the board did not give him a fair chance to show the leadership he could provide.