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Opinion: Creating the future of Tahoe-Truckee health care together

Ginny Razo

I'd like to take the opportunity to update the community on the management transition that occurred at the regular meeting of the District Board of Directors on Jan. 27.

As many of you know, the Board of Directors agreed to move forward with the organization's established leadership succession plan. To that end, I have been given the honor and privilege to serve Tahoe Forest Health System and our community as an Interim Chief Executive Officer.

The Board has agreed to begin a formal CEO search, but left the timing of this search open for further discussion.

This time is intended to allow the board of directors to develop a process where community members, medical staff and employees will have input into the key attributes and skills necessary for a future leader of Tahoe Forest Health System.

In the coming months, the Board of Directors and I are readily available to anyone who wishes to discuss any topic about Tahoe Forest Health System.

We are planning special community and employee meetings in order to gain your feedback on pressing topics. Once these open sessions are scheduled, we will post the information on our website (tfhd.com), in the newspaper, and on social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

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If you have any comments at any time, please send me an email at vrazo@tfhd.com or call my office at 530-582-3583.

In the next 90 days, I will be working with the employees, medical staff, and management team to identify key priorities that must be accomplished in my new role.

I plan on sharing the identified priorities with the Board of Directors at their regular monthly meetings to gain consensus and ensure there is a clear communication.

I'd like to reinforce that while we are indeed in an organizational transition, the good work that has been doneon behalf of the community will continue.

We are a strong organization, with much to be proud of. We are financially strong, and known as one safest and highest patient quality rural hospitals in the country.

None of this would be possible without the hard work of employees, medical staff, and the support of our community. For that we are grateful.

Over the past decade we have all worked together to make Tahoe Forest Health System "The Best Mountain Community Health System in the Nation."

The Board of Directors and I are committed to an open communication style that involves all stakeholders, employee groups, physicians, volunteers and community members.

Our focus is on you, and your input, concerns, issues and ideas.

I encourage the community to be engaged with us, and express your thoughts and ideas.

Regular meetings of the Tahoe Forest Health System Board of Directors are now live-streamed on the Tahoe Truckee Community Television website, ttctv.org.

A link to the TTCTV for streaming and archived meetings isalso available on thfd.com.

Archived meetings are generally available approximately three days after each regular District Board meeting. Board meetings are held of the last Tuesday of each month with open session beginning at 6 p.m.

These meetings are now held at the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Administrative Office, 11603 Donner Pass Road.

Meetings are open to the public, and a public comment period is available at each meeting. Agendas for regular meetings are posted 72 hours prior to the meeting, and can be found on tfhd.com.

Virginia "Ginny" Razo is Interim Chief Executive Officer for Tahoe Forest Health System. She may be reached for comment at vrazo@tfhd.com.