Tuesday, January 31, 2017
About Allen Albaugh
Allen Albaugh is a lifelong resident of Mayers Memorial Hospital District. He was delivered by none other than Dr. Mayer at his local office. He has served on the board since 2008. Allen is a self employed agriculturist and businessman. He attended Fall River High School and obtained a master degree from Univ. of Calif at Davis. He has been instrumental in local agricultural development. He formed the Fall River Wild Rice co-op and the Northern Calif Mint Assoc. as well as being an active member of the Strawberry Nursery Assoc. Community involvements include Chamber of commerce, McArthur Fire district, cemetery district, and volunteer efforts with 4-H, youth baseball and soccer, school booster clubs and the local fair.
Allen family was instrumental in the community effort to raise funds, build and support the local hospital. He has seen it sit empty at times and go through financial hardship. Allen serves on the Mayers finance committee and his efforts are to maintain a viable rural hospital within the turbulent political and regulatory climate that we operate.
Allen and his wife Barbara have 4 adult children and 6 grandchildren. Beyond ranching Allen enjoys golf, gardening, sports and travel.
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.