Chief Executive Officer
Jason Paret has an MBA from the University of Alaska Southeast and attended Oregon State University before getting a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at the University of Montana. Island life is not new to the Paret family having lived in Australia and on islands in Alaska and Hawaii. In Jason Paret’s successful eighteen years as a healthcare executive he’s achieved significant financial improvements for his organizations. He also brings with him eminent facility construction experience with two different projects, one in the amount of $20 million and another in the $50 million range. Jason Paret (pronounced “pair – A”) and his wife Aimee, an Avalon school teacher have two children, a son in high school and a daughter in 3rd grade.
John M. Lovrich, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
John Lovrich oversees Catalina Island Medical Center’s financial services including its business office and medical records and is responsible for monitoring CIMC’s overall financial health. The certified public accountant received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and his masters degree from Cal State University Long Beach. He has more than 20 years experience working with hospitals, including Critical Access Hospitals, and other health-related organizations. “I really like working with the people at CIMC. Everyone has been very helpful and professional.”
Lyra Garrido, CLS
Clinical Laboratory Scientist Lyra Garrido worked as a generalist since 2005 and was employed at the Urology Tower at Cedars Sinai Medical Center before coming to CIMC in 2007. She appreciates the great work environment at CIMC and the pace of life on the island. Lyra was selected as the “Delia Martinez Legacy Award Winner as CIMC Employee of the Year” in 2015 for her outstanding work ethic and service to others. “I know most of the patients personally,” she shared.
Manager, Medical Records/Privacy Officer
Pixie King is responsible for managing the medical records department. She is the custodian of all patient records and is responsible for coding patient services, appealing claims and ensuring that patient privacy is sacrosanct. She has worked at CIMC for more than three decades. “I enjoy helping people and I like that there are so many different things to be done every day,” she said.
Judy Alft, RN
Coordinator Quality Assurance and Infection Prevention/Control, Staff education
Judy Alft had more than 30 years experience as nurse, supervisor and educator before coming to the Catalina Island Medical Center in 2003. She enjoys being part of a facility that, even though it is small in size, offers so many services and fills a vital role in our community. She appreciates the dedication of the employees and their commitment to the patients.
Plant Operations Manager
Michael Rhoutsong is responsible for keeping the physical plant and all its systems running smoothly. He has more than 30 years of experience in construction and has also working at CIMC in housekeeping and central supply. He loves living on the island and enjoys knowing that he is being of service to those who use the hospital.
Carol Firebrace Dumont
Manager of Nutritional Service
Carol Dumont received her certificate in dietary service from Long Beach City College. At CIMC, she oversees the nutrition department to ensure the meals for patients are therapeutically consistent with their nutritional requirements and palatable for the complex requirements of patients and staff. “I enjoy putting smiles on the patients’ faces after they enjoy the meals that the dietary department has made for them.”
Lilly Hernandez, BSB/A-HRMC
Director Human Resources
Lilly Hernandez, originally from Texas came to California 25 years ago and started working in healthcare as a teenager. She has over 20 years of extensive healthcare experience, including, managed care, federally qualified heath centers, for profit and non-profit general acute and critical access hospitals, outpatient medical groups, skilled nursing/assisted living facilities, and owned a hospital management company. Lilly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and is certified in Human Resources Management. She most recently served as the Director of Human Resources for Adventist Health Physicians Network, Southern California Region, working with hundreds of employees and providers. Lilly commented, “I enjoy working with community based hospitals providing all residents and visitors with compassionate quality patient care services. An admitted “people person”, Lilly is bi-lingual in Spanish and a great communicator who since moving to Avalon appreciates the “beauty of island living.”Michelle Jaeger Manager Business Services
Michelle Jaeger is responsible for hospital and medical group business activities including accounts payable and reconciling daily cash, overseeing the admitting and reception staff and helping patients with any billing issues that may arise. She joined the Catalina Island Medical Center staff in 2006 after owning an island business for 11 years and spending time as the business office manager and personnel trainer for a chain of restaurants in Northern California.”Every day I get a new challenge that keeps me on my toes and I feel like part of a new team that really cares about the hospital.”
Clinical Informatics Specialist
Originally from Alabama, Joseph Stewart attended Jacksonville State University and is currently taking online classes at Patten University in California. In Ely, NV, where he spent the last two years working in IT, Joseph managed the electronic health record software for hospital and clinic staff as well as the human resources department. His background is in insurance and risk management with a specialty in government liability. “I look forward to working with the staff at Catalina Island Medical Center as their clinical informatics specialist managing their electronic health record software and moving them forward into the future of electronic records management.”
Coordinator, Marketing and Community Relations and Grants Manager
Judy Hibbs is responsible for assessing, planning, developing and implementing public relations activities and marketing for CIMC. Her contributions include regular press releases, newsletters, social media , web site maintenance and community events. Hibbs has a Bachelor’s Degree in History and is an active volunteer serving as a board member for several local non-profit organizations. In February 2014 she became Grants Manager for CIMC and works to apply for government and private foundation funding to benefit CIMC programs.