Palm Drive names new CEO

SEBASTOPOL -- Palm Drive Hospital announced today that it has hired a new chief executive.

Richard Polheber, a former CEO of Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Ariz., was unanimously selected by the Palm Drive Health Care District board.

The 37-bed hospital had been working with interim CEOs ever since Jim Russell was let go, the hospital said. Most recently, Mike Lieb was appointed interim CEO in May by Brim Healthcare Inc., a Tennessee-based hospital management company that oversees finances at the hospital.

Mr. Polheber will earn $250,000 a year, according to the hospital. He is expected to begin Dec. 1 of this year.

"I think the board was very impressed with Rich's experience and his knowledge of so many aspects of running a small hospital," Board President Nancy Dobbs said in a statement. "We're looking forward to having a permanent CEO who can lead and support Palm Drive's continued successful development."

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