About Jerry "Abe" Hathaway


Jerry "Abe" Hathaway is the Chairman of the Board of Mayers Memorial Hospital District. He has served on the board since 2011. Abe is a retired high school science and agriculture teacher. He has also spent time as a BC with Burney Fire Protection District, where he continues to serve as a volunteer fire captain and ambulance driver/EMT. Abe owns a ranch in the Burney valley where he spends the bulk of his time.

In 2015, Abe was appointed to the ACHD (Association of California Healthcare District) Advocacy Committee. He also serves on the Shasta-Tehama Watermaster District Board and the Burney Basin Mosquito Abatement District Board. Abe's desire to serve on the hospital board grew out of his belief that Mayers is a critical part of his community.

Abe and his wife, Kris, have two grown children and two grandchildren. Their family is the center of their lives.

Contact Information:

(530) 604-6092
[email protected]

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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.