The Bakersfield Californian, September 13, 2013
Kern County supervisors fired Kern Medical Center CEO Paul Hensler Monday evening after a meeting in which they learned more troubling information about the public hospital's tangled finances. "The Board has lost confidence in Paul Hensler's ability to continue managing Kern Medical Center," Board of Supervisors Chairman Mike Maggard said in an email statement. "Accordingly, the Board has terminated Mr. Hensler's contract immediately and he is dismissed immediately." County Administrative Officer John Nilon said the most troublesome revelation at the board?s more than four-hour-long meeting was that the hospital has over-budgeted by about $1.6 million a month for the current fiscal year.