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Briefly In The News

November 17, 2011
  • Kenneth McFarland
Kenneth McFarland (Coastline Pilot )

 

 


On Sunday, a crowd of enthusiastic gardeners, friends and donors partied to the tunes of the Garden Band, consisting of Tom Joliet, Tony Bisson and Denise Bennett. Mayor Toni Iseman and Councilwoman Verna Rollinger joined in celebrating the completion of the lower portion of the garden.

Now there are 53 raised planting beds, with the end of the fall harvest squashes and the promise of winter vegetables coming on. Recognized donors included Steve and Liza Stewart of Stewarts Landscape, Ruben Flores of Laguna Nursery, landscape architect Ann Christoph, and representatives of Butler Box and Stake and the South Coast Water District.

For more information, visit southlaguna.org/garden.

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Mission Hospital names new CEO

Kenneth McFarland will take over as Mission Hospital's new president and chief executive, according to a news release.

McFarland has served Mission Hospital in leadership roles since 1998, most recently as the interim CEO since May.

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"Kenn has a great deal of knowledge about the region and possesses a proven track record of envisioning and carrying out numerous efforts that effectively meet community health care needs," Darrin Montalvo, executive vice president, Southern California Region, St. Joseph Health System, said in a prepared statement. "I am confident that with Kenn's keen insight and exceptional skills, Mission Hospital will continue to lead as a trusted, high quality health care partner for South Orange County residents. "

McFarland joined Mission Hospital as its chief financial officer and guided teams to develop programs and services that improve community health care. He led the hospital's implementation of an electronic medical record, which would help increase the efficiency and accuracy of care.

Additionally, he developed the Mission Viejo site's master plan and, in 2009, was instrumental in buying the former South Coast Medical Center in Laguna Beach. Under McFarland's leadership, Mission introduced several new services to the facility and secured its financial stability.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead an organization that is so committed to serving its communities," McFarland said in a prepared statement. "My goal is to ensure Mission Hospital continues to be a good neighbor and premier health provider to South County individuals and families."

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City studying whether to start CERT program

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