Evan Rayner, CEO of Healdsburg District Hospital and the will leave the post effective at the end of his current employment contract on Dec. 31, the hospital announced this week.
“I feel I have accomplished what I set out to do when I joined the District,” Rayner said in a prepared statement. “And I am exploring other opportunities and challenges.”
Chair of the North Sonoma County Healthcare District Board of Directors, cited Rayner’s creative vision and contributions to the many achievements of the district during his six-and-a-half-year tenure.
“Since joining the district in June 2006, Mr. Rayner has also worked tirelessly as a strong advocate at the federal, state and local government levels for our hospital and healthcare access for all those we serve,” Hahn said.
According to Hahn, Rayner's achievements include:
--Leading the successful hospital turnaround and maintaining strong financial performance;
--Construction of a new emergency department;
--Re-opening of the intensive care unit with robotic innovations;
--Implementation of physician integration and recruitment strategies;
--Regional collaborations and affiliations;
--The addition of stroke treatment and regional woundcare centers and the creation of hospital-based primary and specialty care departments;
--Receiving ACHD’s “Most Innovative” award in 2008.
In announcing his departure, Rayner praised the hospital staff.
“Despite the economic downturn and rapidly changing healthcare delivery environment, our physicians, employees, residents and philanthropic community continue to sustain our ability to deliver quality healthcare in the community,” he said.
Recently, the hospital was recognized for the third year in a row with the “Exceeding Expectations” Award from AVATAR, a national healthcare quality service agency.
It was also recently awarded a five- star excellence rating in gastrointestinal disease management by Healthgrades, the same agency that has recognized the hospital as a five star rated hip fracture care center of excellence for the last four consecutive years.
Hahn said the Board has created a search committee to identify Rayner’s successor. Those interested in more information regarding the search may contact George Protos at (707) 431-6552 or email: GProtos@NSCHD.org.
Healdsburg District Hospital is owned and operated by North Sonoma County Healthcare District, a taxpayer supported California Healthcare District serving the people of Windsor, Healdsburg, Geyserville, Cloverdale and surrounding areas. The District has operated the hospital since April 1, 2002.