San Juan County Public Hospital District #2 Hospital Commissioner 4
6-year term; No salaryA small reimbursement for expenses of evening meetings may be offered. Public Hospital District is responsible for the policies and quality of care provided at public hospitals throughout the service area. The commission sets the general policies of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional district administrator and hospital medical staff and personnel. One of commission's main duties is the adoption of the district's budget and proposal of any hospital levies to be placed on the ballot to the people. The commission sets policies and approves all spending via the budget, whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for district employees.
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James Orcutt (NP)
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Elected Experience: Incumbent Public Hospital District 2, position 4
Other Professional Experience: Jim Orcutt retired as University of Washington Professor of Ophthalmology in 2015. Jim Orcutt received degrees as Bachelor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology and Medical Doctor.
I am currently a Public Hospital Commissioner for Lopez Island Hospital District and hope to continue the implementation of the District as well as the establishment of the UW running the Clinic.
1. Establishment of Lopez Island Hospital District including hiring a permanent Superintendent, developing policies and procedures.
2. Establishing a firm financial basis for operation of the District.
3. Transitioning to the UW clinic structure associated with providing important local healthcare needs (e.g. Physical Therapy and EMS services).
The District was established during a speciaL election in April, 2017. Thus the need to stagger elections for those elected as Commissioners. There will not be any tax revenues generated until the 2018 tax year, thus requiring borrowing funds to sustain the District. Financial planning and stewardship is critical for the future to assure the District is successful, thus insuring the ongoing provision of healthcare on Lopez Island.
It is important that at least one Commissioner have healthcare experience, especially related to topics important to the clinic, e.g. electronic medical records and quality-based reimbursement. Jim has such experience and was elected as an initial Commissioner in April 2017. He has helped arrange the association with the University of Washington and the start of the newly formed commission. He is committed to assuring high quality healthcare on Lopez and assuring tax dollars are used effectively and efficiently.
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