State Public Health Officer Installs Temporary Manager to Southern Inyo Hospital
submitted by the California Department of Public Health
SACRAMENTO – California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today installed a temporary manager at Southern Inyo Hospital’s distinct part skilled nursing facility in Lone Pine to oversee the facility after receiving notification that the facility’s CEO and board members had resigned. The temporary manager will ensure the health and welfare of Southern Inyo’s residents until they are relocated to other facilities.
“The California Department of Public Health’s top priority is to protect patient safety,” said Dr. Smith. “Our staff was onsite as soon as possible to ensure the residents’ needs were being met and that a transfer plan was in place.”
CDPH staff is monitoring the facility’s daily situation including finances, food, medical and nursing supplies, and staffing levels. There are currently 17 nursing patients residing at the facility.