District board hears Barry Hurd’s case, passes budget
by Maddy Houk | Patterson Irrigator
Jul 03, 2014 | 2134 views | 1 1 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Del Puerto Health Care District trustees consented to hear from former Patterson District Ambulance Chief Barry Hurd in a closed session of the Monday, June 30 monthly meeting.

Hurd said after the closed session he was happy the board consented to hear him out. He was terminated without cause from his job at the end of April, a few days before he would have celebrated his 20th anniversary.

“Technically, it was not a grievance process,” Hurd said after the closed session. “I was able to share my side of the story when it came to my relationship with Richard Nakamura (district CEO) and my performance here at the district, especially over the last eight years as ambulance chief. ”

Nakamura was not present at the meeting and not available for comment before press time.

In the public comment period of the closed session, paramedics Roann Verde and Joe Butler said things ran smoothly under Hurd’s guidance.

‘There’ve been plenty of times we don’t agree, but [Hurd] is my boss and I respect him,” Verde said. “He always listened to what we had to say always treated us with respect.”

Former DPHCD trustee Evan Schut also spoke and said he has worked with Hurd over the years and found him to be a valuable employee.

“Barry has stuck by the district when we’ve been through some things that have been really tough for us,” Schut said.

Hurd also had a large crowd of supporters who spoke up at the June 2 board meeting and reminded the board of his excellent job qualifications and overall record in the last 35 years of serving the public.

During the remainder of the Monday, June 30 closed session, the attendees sat in the district’s health center lobby for more than an hour until the board finished the closed session business and the open session convened.

No one from the public or from the board commented on Hurd’s dismissal during the open session proceedings.

A New Budget

During the open session of the June 30 meeting, the district trustees approved a $4.5 million budget for the 2014-2015 year with a vote of 4-0 with Steve Pittson being absent.

The combined revenue of $4,561,057 includes revenue for the Del Puerto Health District, $873,420, Patterson District Ambulance Co, $1,351,718, Del Puerto Health Center, $2,273, 560 and in house billing, $62,359.

Expenses combined total $4,508,449 and includes district expenses of $586,419, Patterson District Ambulance Co, $1,417, 415, Del Puerto Health Center, $2,442,255 and in house billing of $62,359.

Del Puerto Health District was formed from the Del Puerto Hospital District after the hospital closed in 1998. The health district oversees the Del Puerto Health Care Center in the Keystone Pacific Business Park and also the Patterson District Ambulance Company, which it runs.

Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or maddy@pattersonirrigator.com.

Comments-icon Post a Comment
July 04, 2014
On the website of the Del Puerto Healthcare District, the board's stated intention in their Mission Statement reads, "The District's primary mission is to provide the highest quality health care services through Patterson Ambulance and Del Puerto Health Center, while expanding the healthcare availability to the citizens of the Del Puerto Health Care District." I know that is a complex and multi-faceted task for this geographically vast area and I appreciate their efforts. Locally experienced providers are key in a dynamic environment with limited resources.

We encourage your online comments in this public forum, but please keep them respectful and constructive. This is not a forum for personal attacks, libelous statements, profanity or racist slurs. Readers may report such inappropriate comments by e-mailing the editor at news@pattersonirrigator.com.