Mike McLaughlin, a retired Cambria attorney who coaches high school baseball and is a substitute teacher at the middle and high schools, is the newest member of the Cambria Community Healthcare District Board of Trustees. He’s to be sworn in at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 before the board’s meeting begins.
The board unanimously approved appointing McLaughlin at a special meeting Sept. 12. His was the only application to fill a vacancy left when former trustee Dianne Civiello resigned June 26.
If the trustees hadn’t made the appointment, the responsibility for the process would have shifted to the county Board of Supervisors.
Before the vote, McLaughlin said that, with a firefighter son, he understands the interconnection between the fire department and ambulance service that is at the backbone of the district’s current investigation of a joint powers agreement with the Cambria Fire Department.
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McLaughlin said providing North Coast ambulance-paramedic service was the district’s core function, but said he also felt the district’s volunteer Crisis Intervention Team was “very impressive” in providing practical and emotional support services to patients, family members and others affected by accident, trauma or sudden death.
He recommended annual interim planning, establishing solid contacts with legislators, training more volunteers and coordinating with other organizations that care for North Coast residents and visitors, especially seniors.
McLaughlin told trustees he has served since 1994 as chairperson for a $25 million medical trust fund. As an attorney, he “passed the bar the first time I took it … in 1972,” mediated differences of opinion in the medical field, leading to mutually agreed-upon resolutions, and served as deputy county counsel for San Mateo County. An educator, he has a lifetime secondary credential. He taught in San Francisco and San Jose.
He’s also an alternate member of the North Coast Advisory Council, a past vice president of the Cambria Lions Club and past president of the Santa Rosa Church Pastoral Council. He remains a member of that council.