Arroyo Grande hospital head resigns
July 22, 2011
By LISA RIZZO
The president and chief executive officer of Arroyo Grande Community Hospital has resigned.
Rick Castro, who served both roles at the Arroyo Grande medical center, gave the hospital his notice in June, to be effective July 31.
No replacement has been announced. Oversight of the not-for-profit hospital during any possible vacancy would be handled by its management, medical staff and its community and foundation boards.
Castro has been hired as the chief operations officer with McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Eugene, Oregon.
“It has been a difficult decision to leave the beautiful Central Coast of California and the people with whom I have immensely enjoyed working with at both Arroyo Grande and French Hospital Medical Center for the past 28 years, but this move to Eugene will be a perfect fit for both career and family,” Castro said in a statement.
The hospital’s chief began his healthcare career as a clinical lab scientist at French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo. Following various leadership positions over a span of 20 years, Castro moved through the ranks and was promoted to CEO when Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) acquired Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in 2004.
Castro is credited with leading the hospital to open the Coastal Cancer Care and Diagnostic Center, the Acute Rehabilitation Center and developing a partnership with Coastal Surgical Institute.
Another CHW facility, Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria, is nearing completion on a new and larger hospital which is expected to open in the spring of 2012.
Talks that Arroyo Grande Community Hospital will be converted into a nursing home once Marian opens its facility are “absolutely untrue” rumors, said Anna Scott, the hospitals communications manager.