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CCHD Has New Director of Operations and Administrator

Earlier this year, the Cambria Community Healthcare District (CCHD) Board of Directors revamped the structure of the District’s administrative staff.  The Board promoted Tim Benes from Operations Manager to the newly established position of Director of Operations and Administrator.  The Board also created a separate, part-time Director of Finance position.  Both Directors report to the Board and collaborate on day-to-day activities.  Administrative assistant Simone Rathbun was promoted to the new position of office manager.

     Benes is implementing new best practices, devising approaches that streamline operations while reducing costs and improving patient care.  He has improved morale by addressing his staff’s living conditions and plans to refine employee compensation to assure retention of top notch first responders.  Benes is optimistic, “It’s nice to see the CCHD go from an organization that was on the verge of insolvency to a fully functioning ambulance company that has earned the respect of the County Emergency Medical Services Agency and the community while posting positive cash flow.”

     Benes grew up on the Central Coast before starting his Emergency Medical Services career as a volunteer with Kings County Fire Department in1 993.  He returned to the Central Coast in 1996 to work for the County Fire Department.  In 2007, Benes became a full-time Emergency Medical Technician with San Luis Ambulance Services.  He then became a certified firefighter and a Nationally Registered Paramedic.  Tim has taught at both Alan Hancock College and Cuesta Community College.

     In a recent interview Tim said, “I love the small town feel of the community where I can make a difference and have wonderful people to work with both on the Board and on staff.”  With his background in firefighting, Benes commands respect from the members of both Cambria Fire and Cal Fire, leading to a closer working relationship between CCHD and the two fire departments.  Benes is a hands-on Director who is equally at home installing new radios in the ambulance fleet or interfacing with the County on EMS and tax revenue issues.  

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Famous Jazz Artist Series Presents Songs of the Swing Era on August 7

At their next series concert on Sunday, August 7, Charlie and Sandi Shoemake will feature two guests performing songs of the Swing Era:  Luther Hughes and Karl Welz. 

     Bassist Luther Hughes has played bass with some of the biggest names in jazz in a career spanning over 40 years.  He has performed or recorded with many jazz legends, including Gene Harris, Mondello Lowe, Joe Henderson, Carmen MacRae, Willie Bobo, Horace Silver, Harold Land, Don Ellis, Joe Pass, Louis Belson, Hampton Hawks, Herb Geller, Diana Krall, and Michael Feinstein. 

     Saxophonist and composer Karl Welz has over 25 years of experience in the music industry, of which 13 years were spent performing in New York.  Karl has worked with the Jimmy Dorsey, Stan Rubin, and Lew Anderson orchestras.  He has performed throughout the United States and abroad at venues including Lincoln Center, The Count Basie Theater, and Birdland.

     Welz and Hughes will be joined by Darrell Voss on drums and series producers Charlie and Sandi Shoemake on vibes and vocals.  Only one performance will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at The Harmony Café (824 Main Street). Tickets for the concert are $25 with an additional $10 minimum food and beverage charge.  Reservations can be made by phone (805-935-9007) or online at: