I would strongly recommend that the Watsonville City Council make their opinion known that the Council views the control of the operation and planning for the Community Hospital to be in the hands of a person that has been with the hospital and community for many years.
Experience, drive, discipline and sacrifice have been demonstrated by the current Interim CEO, Mr. Matko Vranjes. It is time to give this gentleman the opportunity to become the official CEO of Watsonville Community Hospital.
The City Council responded when the hospital was facing closure because of poor management leading to bankruptcy. Now is the time for the City Council to step up and demonstrate the same concern for selecting someone, other than another person from outside, from our own community to be the CEO.
I say again, as a retired former employee of over 50 years with the hospital, “I am tired of outsiders telling us how to operate our Community Hospital.” We have a person right here that knows the culture and community who can and has done the job so far as the interim. Give him the position, he will make us proud.
Fred L. Castillo
Former 50-plus year employee of Watsonville Community Hospital