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KING CITY — Mee Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees has named R. Michael “Mike” Hutchinson as interim chief executive officer effective Aug. 13.

Hutchinson was appointed after current CEO Susan Childers announced her retirement last week. Childers will remain with the organization through March 1, 2019, to ensure an effective transition.

“Mike Hutchinson brings a wealth of executive level hospital administrative experience, which will be extremely important in executing a smooth transition of leadership at Mee Memorial,” said Roger Borzini, board secretary/treasurer, in a news release.

Hutchinson earned a Bachelor of Commerce and Science from Seattle University and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. He most recently served as regional chief executive officer of the California Correctional Health Care Services (Northern Central California), where he was responsible for managing about 127,000 patient days, 895,000 clinic visits and $320 million in expenses.

According to the Board of Trustees, Hutchinson brings a wealth of health care experience, combined with an understanding and familiarity with Monterey County after serving as vice president of professional and support services at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System.

His diverse background and community knowledge are factors that the Board believes will continue its efforts to fulfill its mission in establishing Mee Memorial as a regionally recognized quality health care system.

“Joining the management team at Mee Memorial Hospital is both an honor and exciting opportunity to work with the Board of Trustees, Foundation, volunteers, community and most importantly the staff of health care professionals,” Hutchinson said. “Mee Memorial Hospital is uniquely positioned to expand its mission in providing quality health care to the residents of Southern Monterey County.”

He continued, “As a resident of Monterey County for the past 33 years, I look forward to expanding the partnership between the hospital and community to serve the health care needs and education of a diverse population and culture.”

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