The Tulare Local Healthcare District recently announced the appointment of Sandra L. Ormonde as the District’s first post Hospital lease Chief Executive Officer. Ormonde will begin work on May 1, 2019.
Ormonde is a Tulare native who has worked as a Systems Integration Engineer at Edwards Air Force Base since 2006.
She is experienced in leading multidisciplinary teams, and working with customers and contractor personnel to resolve program issues. She previously worked in bookkeeping and food industries.
“We are delighted to bring on board such an experienced person to help us into a new era for the district”, said Board President Kevin Northcraft. “Our consultants have been great help but are costly when a full time staff can handle our needs at a fraction of the cost,” added Northcraft. Additional hiring is expected.
“I am delighted to return to Tulare and be a part of the exciting new era for the district, including helping with the remaining challenges”, said Ormonde.
While no longer operating a hospital, the district continues to manage over 15 properties and monitors the hospital lease with Adventist Health (AH).
This year, a great deal of effort will be needed to resolve bankruptcy issues caused by the former board and staff. The district also will be maintaining the hospital facility, and looking at solutions to the tower that remains unfinished.
While paying off AH and City loans will stretch the District’s resources, eventually the hospital lease payments will allow the Board to consider health related funding for future needs.