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Wednesday, Jun 18 2014 03:45 PM

New interim CEO at healthcare district

Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District has a new interim chief executive officer, according to one of the district's board members.

According to Henry Schaeffer, a board member, the board selected Eugene Suski of Crescent City to head up the healthcare district.

"I liked him," Schaeffer told Tehachapi News on June 18. "We had two good applicants."

The board met in closed session on Tuesday, June 17 at the district's conference room to deliberate on the selection of a new CEO.

"Mr. Suksi comes to us from Crescent City, California, and has a long history in health care, including roles as CEO of Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City, California and Chief Operating Officer at Cascade Medical Center in Leavenworth, Washington," the board said in a joint statement on June 18. "Mr. Suksi has three master’s degrees including healthcare administration, business administration, and counseling."

Scott Nave, legal counsel for the healthcare district, said in a statement that "in closed session, the Board considered candidates for the CEO position, and gave direction to legal counsel."

Suski served as CEO of Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City, Calif. until he resigned in April 2013.

Board president Mike Nixon could not be reached for comment.

He replaces interim CEO Evan Rayner, who submitted his resignation on June 3 after more than six months at the helm of the healthcare district.

According to the healthcare district, Rayner accepted a position as CEO at Madera Community Hospital.

"The District wishes Mr. Rayner all the best in his new venture, and welcomes Mr. Suksi to Tehachapi," the board's press release states. "We look forward to his leadership as the District continues with its hospital project and expansion of health care services to the community."

Editorial note: This updates a previous version that named Eugene Suski as the permanent CEO.


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