Toiyabe Indian Health Project CEO Reportedly Leaving at End of Month

Dr. Kori Novak, current CEO of the Toiyabe Indian Health Project

Dr. Kori Novak, current CEO of the Toiyabe Indian Health Project, reportedly plans to leave at end of November 2020.

Reportedly, CEO Dr. Kori Novak, is presenting her official resignation, effective at the end of the month, to the Toiyabe Indian Health Project at the regular TIHP Board meeting scheduled for this morning.

If that happens, Sierra Wave News will follow up Novak’s resignation with, hopefully, an interview and a copy of her resignation letter. Until we get a copy of the official resignation, and we can speak with her, we’re do not to wish to speculate as to the cause or reasoning behind her decision to leave. She deserves that courtesy, and we plan to make sure that she has it.

It seems that every CEO recently at the Project comes under relentless attacks from unhappy members of the tribal members and non-native clients as well, which is not to say they do not often have legitimate concerns, but all too often it seems the intent is to destroy whoever holds the position, rather than attempts at conciliation, cooperation, or accommodation. It often seems that, or at least to those of us that have covered TIHP over the years, that it does not seem to matter what the color may be of the CEO’s skin, as much as how thick it is. And it keeps on being “never thick enough.” Whether the CEOs in the past invited controversy and participated in their own demise, TIHP deserves to have good leadership; one which invites cooperation, a team spirit that respects staff and patients, as well as displays an open, generous nature.

The recent turmoil seen at TIHP is concerning, with a revolving chair of CEOs. Tribal politics seem to have much to do with it, which is unfortunate at best. The Toiyabe Indian Health Project is a vital part of the local and regional healthcare system in Inyo and Mono counties for both non-native patients and Native Americans. It’s in the interests of us all to have a vital and healthy organization that provides quality healthcare in cooperation and coordination with the other healthcare providers and hospitals in our area.

Stay tuned.



3 Responses to Toiyabe Indian Health Project CEO Reportedly Leaving at End of Month

  1. Sherry L Kriescher November 7, 2020 at 9:55 am #

    People would rather read half truths than know the true story of favoritism and retaliation all at the expense of the patient. Why because then it would mean people have to get involved. Hate my comments all you want, you are just proving my point. People want to point to racism right away. Yet do not get both sides of a story, only what they see.

  2. Sherry L Kriescher November 6, 2020 at 3:51 pm #

    Charles, where was Sierra Wave when people were protesting about the bad leadership. I would think the news would of starting looking into this then. Leadership is about serving the people and in Native country that is not always easy to do. Yes politics play some role in this but it has nothing to do with skin color. During my travels across the US, I witnessed Natives from various tribes treat nonnatives better than there own. I was wrongfully terminated from the paiute palace casino and i am a native from the midwest.

    • Charles James November 8, 2020 at 8:21 am #

      Sierra Wave has been covering the issues at TIHP for some time. Both Deb Murphy and I have covered the problems at the Project. In the article, Toiyabe Indian Health Project Chairman Issues Statement on Pharmacy Protests (May 8, 2020), we even provided links to articles on the topic to both The Sheet and The Inyo Register simply because, as radio news, we are sometimes limited on the amount of time on-the-air, space on our website, and the need to cover the many other news with our signal area.

      We cover news from Bridgeport in north Mono County to Pearsonville in south Inyo County. That’s an exceptionally large area to cover “news-wise,” and we do so with limited resources, just as do our news colleagues at other local radio stations and newspapers. We often rely on our readers, viewers on TV3, and listeners, to help us with knowing what is happening around the Eastern Sierra and alerting us to their concerns on issues. We are about the news, not advocates for a specific group or issue, which we are often asked to be or accused. Thank you for offering your comment on this issue, although, again, we have covered, and will continue to cover this story as we have in the past.


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