Based on the latest information from the Pioneers Memorial Hospital board, at least some board members are interested in retaining the services of Richard Mendoza as chief executive officer and Daniel Heckathorne as the chief financial officer. We think both are good leaders, and the board should pursue a way to keep them.
That is no simple action. Mendoza and Heckathorne are employed by Brim Healthcare Inc., which pays their salaries. The majority of the hospital board recently voted to end the management contract Pioneers had with Brim.
That action means the board must sever its ties with Mendoza and Heckathorne, because both have clauses in their contracts that would prevent them from working at Pioneers separate from Brim.
We do not want to see ties severed with either man and it is interesting to discover some board members feel the same way. Board President Marcus Tapia and board members Katy Santillan and Daniel Paramo each voted to end the contract with Brim. Board members Leo Haggarty and Aleta Shropshire voted to maintain the contract, so it is no surprise that they are interested in retaining the services of Mendoza and Heckathorne.