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.

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.