The Board of Directors of Shingletown Medical Center has announced that Carolyn Hopkins, Chief Executive Officer, will be retiring as of August 1st, and that they have appointed Tami Fraser as Interim CEO. Ms. Hopkins has served as the CEO since January of 2005, and has seen a number of changes in the healthcare industry. Carolyn stated; “It has been a very challenging and exciting experience working at SMC, and the decision to retire was very difficult. My husband has wanted to move to Washington for several years to be closer to his grandchildren…and, to get out of the Redding summer heat!”
She went on to say that though she hasn’t quite finished her “bucket-list” for the clinic, important strides have been made with regards to the fire suppression issue. She said she is hopeful that the individuals at Shasta County’s Department of Public Works will have something more substantial to report before her last day, “but, it is a complex issue.” Mrs. Hopkins also said that she is still hopeful there will be movement on the Meadow Wetlands Settlement as well. “That’s a long shot,” she said, “The Army Corps of Engineers has its own schedule, and there is very little that can be done to rearrange it.” She went on to say that both situations have had a huge impact on the clinic but, even more so, on the whole community. “These two long standing and frustrating problems have prevented any kind of growth in the central part of town,” she said.
Carolyn also remarked about the growth of the clinic during her tenure. “When I came on as CEO, the clinic was seeing approximately 1,600 patients, annually. That number has increased steadily and the most recent reports indicate that we have approximately 2,500 active patients coming into the clinic at this time. With the changes coming with healthcare reform we anticipate that number to continue growing.”
When asked about future projects, Carolyn was very excited to say that Tami Fraser will be spearheading a building renovation project this fall. “This year, we retired the second of two construction loans, and are now waiting to hear if a recent application to the California Health Facilities Financing Authority will be approved.” “It’s not quite a done deal,” Carolyn reported, “but chances are very good that it will go through.” She said that the project will include replacing the cement roof tiles with upgraded underlayment and metal panels (much like the Shingletown Library’s new roof), painting the exterior and interior of the building, and putting in new floor coverings throughout, and she quickly added, “Tami will have her work cut out for her!
“Working at the clinic has been an incredible experience, and I will miss everyone associated with it. I have had the pleasure of interacting with many of our patients, and I love them all! But, most of all, I have to say thank you to the Board and Staff because, if anything was accomplished while I was here, it is to their credit! Thank you to all my friends at SMC and Shingletown in general!!”