BRAWLEY — The Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District board has voted to enter into a modified contract with Portland, Ore.,-based Brim Healthcare Inc. for the retention of the hospital's chief executive officer, Richard Mendoza
Mendoza and Pioneers Chief Financial Officer Daniel Heckathorne were in the position to lose their jobs because of the board's decision in April to not retain Brim.
While Mendoza likely will be staying at Pioneers, Heckathorne has been released by Brim but he will not be hired by the hospital. Board President Marcus Tapia said Heckathorne has other plans.
Brim managed the hospital for 14 years before its contract was canceled in April.
The search for a new CEO and CFO started after the contracts with Brim were ended, because clauses in the executives' contracts prohibited the two from continuing in the positions without Brim managing the hospital.