Louis Ward Selected to Top CEO for Third Time


Mayers Memorial Hospital District is proud to announce that Chief Executive Officer Louis Ward has been named in the Becker's Hospital Review "60 rural hospital and health system CEOs to know" for 2019. This is the third consecutive year that he has been a part of this prestigious list.

Becker's is a Nationwide publication. The Becker's Hospital Review editorial strategy extends to a broad scope of coverage, including healthcare news and analysis, commentary and strategy from industry leaders, best practices and business guidance, and lists of noteworthy healthcare institutions and people.

Ward was one of two California CEO's to be selected to the list.

"Louis Ward. CEO of Mayers Memorial Hospital District (Fall River Mills, Calif.). The Board for California Critical Access Hospital Network elected Mr. Ward, CEO of Mayers Memorial Hospital District, its chairman for 2019. Under his leadership, Mayers Memorial Hospital was awarded the Association of California Healthcare District's 2017 California Healthcare District of the Year award. In 2018, Mayers Memorial Hospital District won the Hospital Council of Northern California Innovation Challenge for a workforce development project titled "Planting Seeds … Growing Our Own Workforce."

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In 1949 a Chamber of Commerce hospital committee was formed and began taking the first steps toward a visionary project -Ward Memorial Hospital. The Chamber's "Hospital Committee" compiled the costs of building a new hospital to present to taxpayers -the first hospital bond issue was defeated in 1950. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. After one private hospital discontinued practice due to inadequate facilities, leaving only one that could handle just 23 patients, the need for a county hospital was again fronted to the citizens in 1953. With the support of local doctors, civic groups and women's clubs, a bond election was called in March of 1954. In June of 1954 the voters voted six-to-one in favor of a county hospital.