Cambrian: Opinion

Meet Bob Sayers, new administrator for Cambria's health care district

Bob Sayers
Bob Sayers

The Cambria Community Healthcare District recently hired Bob Sayers as administrator. He has worked in the health care industry in hospital administration and finance for almost 40 years. Bob has a B.A. from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., and an MBA from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

Q. What do you see as the immediate challenges for the Cambria Healthcare District?

A. I believe bringing together all parties in the organization — the trustees, administration and employees — into a cohesive team to work together to resolve the district’s challenges. I see myself in the role of facilitator, cheerleader, counselor, manager and mediator, depending on the topic or issue.

A lot of time has passed since a permanent administrator has been in place, and there is a lot of administrative work to be done in all areas of the district, from finance to operations and human resources.

The good news is that everyone is up for the challenge.

Q. What are some of the challenges?

A. A challenge that we share with most of the health care industry today is balancing the budget. We are dependent on reimbursement rates that are set by the government and private insurance companies.

Reimbursement rates shrink every year and are not keeping up with inflation, so we all need to work together to figure out how to make the dollars work. I have the challenge of working with the trustees and employees to manage our revenue to ensure we can cover all our operational expenses and fund our reserve requirements.

Q. Are there any other challenges you would like to discuss?

A. None of us knows precisely how our health care delivery system will change in the next few years, but one thing I do know from my 40 years of experience is we need to be ready to deal with those changes no matter what they will be.

We must strategically plan what needs to be accomplished right now, in a year or two and in five years. I also need to pick up where the Joint Powers Authority discussions between the Cambria Healthcare District and the Cambria Community Services District left off, and begin working toward a favorable conclusion for both organizations.

By effectively identifying our strategic goals, I believe we will be as ready as possible for whatever changes occur in the health care industry.

Q. How have your first two months on the job been so far?

A. I feel fortunate to be a part of this organization. I have really enjoyed the first two months with the health care district. The employees and trustees of the district are great people. They all have the best interest of the district in their hearts and show commitment to their jobs each and every day.

I have specifically spent the largest portion of my time working with our trustees, the operations manager and the administrative assistant on the district’s operational issues, and budgeting and accounting issues.

I also have spent considerable time learning more about the district’s finances: understanding the operating budget, the financial statements, the assets and liabilities, the reserve funds, and working with staff on developing our 2014-15 operating budget.

Q. Is there anything else you’d like to say?

A. We all have a great opportunity to continue to support and build the health care district and preserve it for the years ahead so that we can continue to benefit from its core services of ambulance services and crisis intervention and education, as well as other services that might be identified in our strategic planning process, for many years to come.

By working together, we can make sure we continue to have a solid health care district for our community.

I’d like to encourage residents of Cambria and San Simeon to reach out to us with any thoughts, ideas or concerns they may have by phoning the district at 927-8304 or emailing me at rsayers@cambria-healthcare.org.

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