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Skagit Hospital District 1 Commissioner Position 5

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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    Gary Shand (NP) Part time Civil Service Commission Secretary/Chief Examiner and Retired Law Enforcement

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Why did you decide to run for this position?

What are three major issues that will face your hospital district?

Of the three, which one is the most urgent?

What unique qualities do you bring to this job?

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Phone (360) 445-6601
Email Gary4.SRC.Commissioner@gmail.com
Town where you live Skagit County (Conway area)
Experience (300 characters max) Secretary/Chief Examiner Skagit County Civil Service Commission. Skagit County Sheriff’s Office as Undersheriff and Chief of Corrections. Washington State Patrol as a Trooper, Detective, Sergeant and Lieutenant (29 years). US Air Force veteran.
My family and I have been residents of Skagit County for 42 years, and lived (and owned) residences in the Hospital District for 36 years. Skagit County is a special place to live and I would like to see it stay that way. I have seen the Hospital District grow and change greatly over the years. The Commissioners have guided the District in the ever changing and challenging times of health care. Managing the Skagit County Jail gave me a good understanding of the issues of access to, and the cost of, medical care for our community. I will bring this experience and my community dedication to the Hospital District as we move forward in the current uncertain times of health care, as the District continues to provide Accessible, High Quality, and Affordable Health Care to our community.
The uncertainty in the Affordable Care Act. As we are a public hospital the majority of the people we serve are covered by Medicare or Medicaid. Changes in the Act will impact the hospital and district. We need to be monitoring and planning for any changes.

Recruitment and retention of high quality staff at all levels, management, medical providers and all other supportive staff members.

Planning for future needs of the District and service area. These include new and upgraded facilities, possible new lines of service or reducing services that we cannot continue.
Currently the most urgent is staffing and recruitment of medical providers.
I bring the ability to see the larger picture and the need for several different stakeholders to work together. In the past I have been involved with several organizations that needed to work together to accomplish the needs of all. The most notable is the Skagit County Jail. I was involved in the process to bring a new and necessary jail to the community. This required the cooperation of several different governmental groups, agencies and the community. I have the ability to understand the needs and bring all to the table to work together.

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