Election 2016: Tahoe Forest Hospital District — read 2 candidate statements
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — Three residents are in the race to fill two seats on the Tahoe Forest Hospital District Board of Directors.
The general election is set for Nov. 8. For the TFHD race, residents will be asked to vote for two of the three candidates; the top two vote-getters will be elected to the positions.
The two open seats are currently held by John Mohun and Karen Sessler. Mohun is the lone director to file for reelection.
In California, early voting for the general elections began Oct. 10.
To better inform readers voting early or heading to the polls on Election Day, the Sierra Sun reached out to the candidates a couple weeks ago and asked each to provide a short biography, as well as a 500-word maximum candidate statement.
Mohun did not return requests seeking his participation; you can read the statement he provided to Placer County by visiting placerelections.com/current-elections and clicking on “Qualified Candidate List.”
Below, you can read the candidates’ statements, which are printed verbatim (including typos and grammar errors) in random order:
Full name: Randy Hill
Full-time residence in the region: Idlewood Rd/Tahoe Vista
How long you have been a resident: 16 years
Current occupation: Retired Management Consultant
Formal education: University of California, Berkeley, B.S. (Business Administration), MBA
Current and previous political/governmental experience: (2010 – Present) Trustee, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District
We are so fortunate to have such a phenomenal hospital with a comprehensive array of programs, amazing physicians, award winning nurses, exceptional technicians and staff to assure us the very best of care. As a community we also benefit from the hospital’s financial contribution to our economy. (In excess of $100 million per year.)
Nevertheless, we are in a period of the most radical change in healthcare in our history. Its affordability and availability are among the greatest challenges faced by our nation today. The Tahoe Truckee region is not immune to this threat, but we must endeavor to retain the amazing care we have enjoyed and upon which we have all come to depend and trust. While we are financially strong and well positioned, meeting this challenge will require excellent leadership and excellent governance.
Our community deserves a robust emphasis on innovation and creating a model for rural health care that is affordable, collaborative and inclusive. I will protect that right; support patient navigation and ease of patient access; focus on recruitment and retention of physicians/programs; and build bridges both internally and externally.
The quality and sustainability of an organization is greatly influenced by the effectiveness of its leadership. The governing body and the CEO are a leadership team, and it is essential that a high performing board be in place to work with the CEO. I have a proven track record of these essential skills.
This hospital and this board, perhaps more than any time in recent history, require strong leadership and strong governance. I understand the role and importance of strong board governance, and I am looking forward to making a difference on the Tahoe Forest Hospital board as the community collaborative candidate.
For the past 12 years I have devoted my energy to enhancing and sustaining our access to the highest level of healthcare possible, while also assuring our community’s vitality and viability.
I served on the Hospital Foundation board, including two terms as president. I also chaired the $98M Measure C campaign, and later Chaired the newly formed Citizens Oversight Committee. I was a founding member of the Cancer Advisory Council, which was instrumental in the establishment of our wonderful cancer center.
Additionally, for the past 6 years I have served as a Trustee of Tahoe Truckee Unified School District as part of a leadership team which, in partnership with all of the employees of the district, participated in perhaps the greatest turnaround in the history of education in this region.
I care deeply about our hospital, and I am passionate about its sustainability and our community’s care.
I respectfully ask for your vote.
Name: Alyce Wong
Age: Did not provide
Full-time residence in the region: With my family, I have been a resident of Glenshire in Truckee, CA
How long you have been a resident: 35 years
Current occupation: I am a retire nurse who has had a rewarding nursing career that spanned over 45 years
Formal education: St Thomas Hospital School of Nursing, Akron, Ohio, Diploma in Nursing; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, BSN; University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado, MSN
Current and previous political/governmental experience: Did not provide
I am a registered nurse who with my family has lived in the community for 35 years.
I have a Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing and a diverse nursing background that includes direct patient care, education and nursing management. The last 31 years of my career has been at Tahoe Forest Hospital in a variety of positions.
In the past, Tahoe Forest Hospital has successfully met the challenges resulting from the changes in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, reimbursement and a shortage of experienced qualified staff. The organization met the challenges and became a leading Critical Access Hospitals with awards for nursing, patient safety and satisfaction.
There are greater challenges ahead with requirements of the Affordable Care Act and the recent mandates from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid. It will take exceptional leadership at the Chief Executive Officer and Hospital Board level to meet these challenges while continuing to provide high quality health care and cost containment.
If I am elected to the Tahoe Forest Hospital District Board of Directors,
I will bring my nursing expertise specifically in the area of quality, the patient experience, staff engagement and financial stewardship. I will work with the other board directors and staff to develop creative and innovative strategies to meet future challenges and achieve better community health, better patient care and better value for the healthcare dollar
I would appreciate your vote on November 8, 2016.