A recent rash of social media attacks against Sonoma Valley Hospital are untrue and destructive, according to Board Chair Joshua Rymer. Among the false claims: the hospital is badly managed; employees are unhappy; and CEO Kelly Mather is overpaid. “None of these are true,” he countered.
Rymer decried the charges, made “especially on social media,” as “attacks of a personal nature” directed at both Mather and the board.
“Critics who insist that a hospital perform financially like a non-regulated, private company are at best naive, and at worst, destructive,” he said. “Among the many differences, no private company is required to serve all customers regardless of their ability to pay as we proudly do every day.”
In the context of healthcare in 2019, the hospital is doing extremely well, Rymer insists. At the board meeting where Rymer addressed the attacks, Mather reported that the hospital ended fiscal year 2019 with a small positive net income, compared to a deficit of almost $3 million the year before.
Countering the negative comments, Rymer said, “The hospital provides high quality care and currently enjoys a stronger financial position than it has seen in a decade.”