Escondido, CA

Interim hospital CEO given two-year contract; board chair steps down

In two unrelated developments, the Palomar Health Board’s chairman Joe Gorzeman has stepped down for personal reasons and the board voted to make the previous appointment of Diane Hansen as interim CEO more long-term with a two-year contract.
Dara Czerwonka, the new Palomar Health Board chairman, made the following announcement Wednesday morning: “After serving on the Palomar Health Board since 2016, our Board Chair, Joy Gorzeman, has made the difficult decision to step down. Joy has been a tremendous asset to the Board and served the residents in our district extremely well. However, health and family are most important and due to some personal matters Joy has chosen to resign. Unselfishly, she felt it was best to allow another person to take her seat who can devote the time needed to best represent our constituents and organization during this time of change. With this vacancy, I have once again been voted as the Board Chair and Jeff Griffith was voted Vice-Chair.”
Czerwonka added, “Diane Hansen has worked diligently as the Interim CEO to implement a number of positive changes for our health system. In a few short months she has successfully settled a lengthy labor dispute, addressed regulatory concerns on several fronts, restructured the District’s bond indebtedness resulting in substantial cost savings, and implemented a more efficient organizational structure. These changes have stabilized our organization and created a more solid foundation for progress going forwards. Therefore, the Board has elected to enter into a two-year employment agreement with Diane Hansen. This will afford her the opportunity to continue to oversee the changes she has been instrumental in creating, which benefit our employees, patients and community.”

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