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CEO Jim Parrish Announces His Departure From HGH

Jim Parrish has announced he is leaving his position as chief executive officer at Humboldt General Hospital.

“I would like to thank Humboldt General Hospital, including our staff members, providers, contractors, volunteers, affiliates and all others who have made this the best 12-plus years of my career,” said Mr. Parrish.

“I have truly been blessed by my associations in this hospital and in this community.”

Members of the Humboldt County Hospital District Board of Trustees accepted Mr. Parrish’s letter of resignation at their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, October 25.

Mr. Parrish will continue in his current role through December 31, 2016. Board members scheduled a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, November 10, at which time they will decide on an interim replacement for Mr. Parrish; recruiting a new CEO is expected to take approximately six months.

“We want our community members to know that even though this is a time of transition, patient care is still our top priority,” said Mr. Parrish. “Our staff is committed to ensuring that patient care does not suffer in any way.”

Mr. Parrish accepted the position of chief executive officer at Humboldt General Hospital in 2004. Since that time, HGH Community Education and Development Director Nicole Maher said employees and medical staff members have accomplished a great deal under Mr. Parrish’s leadership.

  • HGH has seen the addition of a 30,000-square-foot medical office building, an all-new Acute Department, the addition of the Quail Corner memory care facility, expansion and renovations of Harmony Manor, OB, OR, ER, more parking, expanded storage, a wellness facility, a helipad and hanger and the West Campus clinic building.
  • A host of new and expanded departments and programs have been added to the hospital including IT, EMS, Cardiac Rehab, Wellness, Nutrition Services, Patient Access, Health System Development, Patient Relations, Occupational Health, Telemedicine, TeleStroke, Hospitalists, Laser Services, the Walk-In Clinic, the Orthopedic Clinic, the Rural Health Clinic, and HGH AirOne.
  • Humboldt General Hospital has partnered with the University of Nevada School of Medicine to establish the Family Medicine Residency Program and the Family Medicine Residency Clinic. Currently, there are three Resident Physicians on site. By 2017, there will be four.
  • More than 15 new practitioners have joined the HGH team. That includes in-house Hospitalists, General Surgeons, Orthopedists, and Resident Physicians.
  • Mr. Parrish and senior leaders established 20 core values that guide the organization each day.
  • HGH achieved Critical Access Hospital status.
  • HGH established a contract with EmCare, saving the hospital $300,000 a year in ER costs and skyrocketing the number of insurance plans HGH accepts from 1 to 32.
  • HGH began conducting comprehensive staff morale assessment surveys as well as comprehensive salary surveys with market rate adjustments.
  • HGH EMS Rescue launched its HeartShare program, deploying AED units to the community’s first responders and area schools. To date, that program has placed more than 250 AED units throughout Humboldt County.
  • HGH introduced its mascot, “Huggy the Heart,” to the community.
  • HGH installed a multi-million-dollar hospital software system. Since then, other computer systems have been added to improve overall patient care
  • HGH has been named one of the top 25 Critical Access Hospitals in the nation and continues be named one of the top 20 for financial stability.
  • HGH added cardiovascular ultrasound to the Radiology suite, along with Nevada’s largest MRI, a 128-slice CT, digital mammography, a new bone scanner and ultrasound.
  • Harmony Manor Nursing Home achieved and continues to achieve Medicare’s highest scores as well as being named a “Women’s Choice” facility for the fourth year in a row.
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation became certified, Nutrition Services has become a diabetes education provider, EMS achieved CAAS certification, and Radiology is now accredited by the American College of Radiology. The hospital as a whole will now work to achieve accreditation under The Joint Commission.
  • HGH established an “Employee Memorial” for employees who have died while employed at HGH.
  • Nurse management has undergone a complete restructure. Additionally, HGH launched the “Nightingale Nurse of the Year” program.
  • HGH established “Employee,” “EMS Professional,” and “Manager” of the year awards as well as quarterly recognition awards for employees and community members in the areas of Service Excellence, Clinical Excellence, Stewardship and Life-Saver.
  • HGH is now a smoke- and tobacco-free campus.
  • EMS has become a full-time hospital department, taking on training, extrication, rescue, hazmat, critical care ground transport, car fittings, helmet fittings, TEMS, community paramedicine, communications center and now air ambulance. EMS services also have expanded to Orovada, Imlay, Grass Valley, Battle Mountain and special events such as Night in the Country.
  • HGH’s accounts receivable days are down, collections are up, days of cash on hand now far exceed industry standards, HGH is debt free, and the organization will pay for its latest expansion with cash.
  • Humboldt General Hospital has engaged the community in many important ways, through community donations, sponsorship of community events, support and guidance on community boards and groups, and through events such as Free Sports Physicals, LaRena’s Race, the Abundant Tree Gift Giving Program, Fit Kids and more.
  • HGH established an employee committee whose members are regularly involved in decisions regarding important happenings at the hospital.

Mr. Parrish said although he is very sad to be leaving HGH, “this organization is in excellent shape from a personnel, financial, facilities and medical staff standpoint.”

He also said he could not leave without sharing his feelings about his staff members—whom he considers friends.

“This is the best group I have ever worked with,” he said. “They are great leaders who have decided in big and small ways how to best extend their department’s services, equipment and staff to better meet the needs of our patients.”

“They are exceptional people who have brought this hospital forward in an exceptional way.”

Mr. Parrish boasts a long list of professional accomplishments and affiliations. He holds bachelor of arts and master’s degrees in business administration from Eastern Washington University in Cheney. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE). He was named a “Grassroots Champion” in 2008 by the American Hospital Association, as well as a “Healthcare Hero” in 2009 by Nevada Business Magazine. In 2013, he was named one of the “EMS10 Innovators” by the Journal of Emergency Medical Services, and most recently, he was named a Fellow of the National Rural Health Association for 2015.

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