Southern Inyo Hospital CEO Resigns

Southern Inyo Healthcare District Board accepts Lee Barron’s Resignation

By Arnie Palu
December 11th

A week after seeing the Emergency room at Southern Inyo Hospital in Lone Pine close, the hospital board has announced the acceptance of Lee Barron’s resignation.  The Board met in special session Thursday and came out of closed session announcing the acceptance of Barron’s resignation from the positions of CEO, CFO, and CCO effective Monday, December 14th.

The statement announcing the resignation states, “Lee has lead us through a period of some very difficult changes in the health care industry.  The Board thanks Lee for her years of service and wishes her the best in the future.”

On December 3rd the Inyo County Sheriffs department issued the following statement in response to the closing of the Emergency room at Southern Inyo Hospital.

After being informed that the emergency room at Southern Inyo Hospital in Lone Pine has been closed until further notice, the Sheriff’s Office wants to provide public awareness of our current emergency medical services in southern Inyo County including the communities of Independence, Lone Pine, Olancha, Keeler, Darwin and Pearsonville.
As of today, December 3, 2015, southern Inyo County has the following emergency medical services available:
• Call 911 for ambulance response – all ambulance services are operational in southern Inyo County
• Northern Inyo Hospital, located at 150 Pioneer Lane in Bishop
• Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, located at 1081 N. China Lake Blvd.

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