Candidates connect to town’s needs, hospital growth |

Candidates connect to town’s needs, hospital growth

With more than 500 employees and about $77 million in revenue in 2005, Tahoe Forest Hospital District is a growing entity in Truckee.

The candidates vying for a seat on the district’s board of directors in November will have to think big as the hospital district, which includes Tahoe Forest Hospital and Incline Village Community Hospital, heads into the future.

Within the last decade, the district has undergone substantial growth, said Larry Long, district board president. Tahoe Forest Hospital is in its final phases of construction of the western addition to the hospital.

Inside the new addition, a new intensive care unit is scheduled to open any day, and Briner Imaging now offers a digital mammogram machine, said Paige Nebeker, Tahoe Forest Hospital director of marketing and media relations.

A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) facility will also open its doors in about one month, Long said.

As the board looks to the future of Tahoe Forest Hospital, one important project at hand will be to bring efficient information technology to the healthcare community, Long said. The district board will also be responsible for updating the hospital’s master plan for a projected period of 10 to 20 years in order to guide the development of new programs.

Larry Long was the C.E.O. at Tahoe Forest Hospital from 1989 to 2001. He has been a Truckee resident since 1989. Since his retirement, he splits his time living in Truckee and at his vineyard in Plymouth, near Placerville. Long is married with three children. His wife, Linda Long, is a clinical social worker in Truckee.

Long is currently the Tahoe Forest Hospital District Board of Directors president and chairman. He has been on the district board for four years.

Brad Thomas has been a full-time physician at Tahoe Forest Hospital for 10 years. Thomas has lived in Truckee for almost 12 years and is married with two sons. He enjoys skiing in his free time.

Thomas knows the doctors, nurses, employees, administrative staff, and district board. As a physician, he knows the issues the hospital is facing, he said in a statement.

Roger Kahn is a semi-retired businessman. Kahn has lived in Tahoe City for 46 years. He owned Porter’s Ski Shop for more than 30 years, selling the business in 2002. Kahn said he enjoys skiing, biking, hiking, and kayaking. He was a former board member of Tahoe City Public Utility District, a founding board member of Excellence in Education, and currently serves as a board member at Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation and the North Lake Tahoe Realtor’s Association.

Kahn said he can add a different perspective to the district board with his non-medical background. He has been on the district board for one year.

Mike Harrity has been the vice president of Bennett Medical Services for more than 14 years, negotiating contracts with Managed Care, HMO, PPO, Medicare, and Medicaid Health Plans. He is a long-time Truckee resident. Harrity is the head coach for the local Pee-Wee football team and has two children.

Harrity is dedicated to the town and the local medical community, he said in a statement.

Christopher Lake is a small business owner and is a Truckee resident. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Lake was appointed by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department as a member of the Sector Coordinating Council representing the healthcare sector of America. He is the parent of two young children.

Lake will bring a health administrator’s perspective and will help facilitate structural growth at Tahoe Forest Hospital, he said in a statement.

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