MCH CEO Charlie Harrison Announces Retirement
Board Appoints Mark Turner as new CEO
LAKE ARROWHEAD, CA, February 14, 2022 – After 13 years of leadership, Charlie Harrison announced that he will be retiring as CEO of Mountains Community Hospital. “I have been honored to serve as CEO of MCH these past 13 years, but after working nearly every day, going on 65 years, I’m ready for retirement,” says Charlie. Over the past five months, the MCH Hospital Board conducted a nationwide search for Charlie’s replacement.
Effective Monday, February 21, Mark Turner will step into this role. Mark has over thirty-five years of leadership and management of healthcare organizations. He has an MBA from the University of Wisconsin and holds many healthcare-affiliated certifications. Most recently, he was the CEO of Capital Medical Center in Olympia, WA, and before that position, he was CEO at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital from 2009-2017. He is very familiar with the hospitals in our area, and he’s excited to move back to Southern California.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the MCH team and I look forward to meeting everyone,” says Mark. “I want to build on what Charlie and his team have accomplished and continue to grow and enhance the community’s access to high-quality healthcare.”
Hospital Board Members Barry Smart and Cheryl Robinson led the search committee. “We were fortunate to be able to conduct the search with highly qualified applicants, both internal and external,” said Cheryl Robinson, VP. “We concluded that Mark was the ideal choice to understand our challenges and help MCH thrive, now and for future generations.”
Charlie is leaving a hospital that is financially strong and has the means to expand and also withstand future storms. This was not always the case. When Charlie started in 2008, the hospital was in poor financial shape. At the time, MCH had 27 days cash on hand and less than $90,000 in the bank. Over the years, Charlie and his team were able to turn it around by renegotiating insurance contracts, reducing expenses, closing Obstetrics, and adding beds to the Skilled Nursing Facility. Most importantly, he successfully advocated at state and national levels to allow hospitals like MCH to receive the same reimbursements as other designated public hospitals. This change has led to millions of dollars in reimbursements so MCH can continue providing high-quality healthcare to the community.
“Although I’m retiring, my work is not done. I will stay on in a limited capacity to help Mark transition into the role, and I will remain on the Foundation Board to assist with fundraising efforts,” said Charlie. “I’m proud of the work we’ve done, the team we’ve built, and the growth we’ve seen. I’m excited to see all of our planned projects come to fruition under Mark’s leadership.”