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.