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Northern California Health Care Taps Hahn for Interim Exec Post

Hahn was recruited decades ago by Gov. Ronald Reagan to help draft the Welfare and Medical Reform Initiative.

Credit:  North California Health Care Authority
Credit: North California Health Care Authority
The Northern California Health Care Authority on Friday announced the appointment of Kurt Hahn as Interim Executive Director.

Hahn will head the regional government agency with joint powers of five state-charted health care districts and hospitals spanning the counties of Sonoma, Mendocino and Humboldt including Healdsburg District Hospital.

The Authority is based in Healdsburg.

Hahn brings decades of experience that goes back to his appointment to a policy-making post under Gov. Ronald Reagan, when he helped draft the Welfare and Medical Reform Initiative. He has been active in healthcare policy making ever since.

“We are delighted to have Kurt join us in this capacity to assist us as we transition to a new mode of operations. He brings a wealth of experience in health care delivery oversight, technical knowledge in the field of “joint powers authorities” (JPA’s) and a savvy understanding of how to work with governmental and professional organizations,” Chairman of the Authority Bill Boerum said in a prepared statement.

Hahn’s experience includes 15 years on the Board of Directors of the Northern Sonoma County Healthcare District, which supervises Healdsburg District Hospital. He served as the board chairman at one point and represented that district on the Authority's board of directors.

Hahn served on the Board of Trustees of the California Hospital Association where he chaired CHA's Governance Forum. He is currently a Board Member of the California State Rural Healthcare Association.

In 2002 he received of the prestigious 2002 Leadership in Governance Award of the California Hospital Association.

He's also served as Healdsburg's director of finance and economic development.

Dee Baucher August 24, 2013 at 05:41 PM
What does the JPA accomplish for any of the district hospitals? This sounds like another wasted use of taxpayer money, to have another glorified group, without any real authority or responsibility, who accomplish nothing. And to add insult to injury, they appoint each other to positions within their group, in some sort of self-aggrandizing mission. Very silly. The various district hospitals and private hospitals have administrators and boards, and are capable of joining together or working on joint issues without this "JPA" butting in. This is just another layer of bureaucracy on an already overladen system, which adds nothing to the final outcome for our people.

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