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King Public Hospital District No. 4 Commissioner Position No. 2

4-year term. No Salary, some districts offer a small reimbursement for the expenses associated with evening metings. A Public Hospital District is responsible for the policies and quality of care provided at public hospitals througout 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. The commission oversees the rates for service within the district. 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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  • Dariel Norris
    (NP)

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    Gene Pollard
    (NP)

Biographical Information

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?

How will you work with the commission to solve what you see as the most urgent issue?

What unique qualities do you bring to this job?

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Phone (425) 888-4095
Email genepoll@yahoo.com
Town where you live Unincorporated King County adjacent to the City of Snoqualmie.
Experience (300 characters max) Served one four-year term on Snoqualmie School Board. Retired from Federal service--Foreign Service; Office for Civil Rights, DHHS; military and naval service in the U.S. Marine Corps (Korea) and U.S. Naval Reserve (Commander). Diploma from Naval War College. B.A. (Honors), two M.A. degrees. More.
I was elected commissioner first in November 2011 and sworn into office at that time as Commissioner #3. My motive in running for office was to improve the quality of governance at King County Public Hospital District #4, dba Snoqualmie Valley Hospital. Although I don't consider myself a politician, I reluctantly filed and won. I ran again in 2013 for Commissioner #4, and again I won. I'm now running for Commissioner #2. The motive is the same, to improve the quality of governance in the hospital district. The job is not finished--far from it.
#1 - Financial. The district is $100 million in long-term debt. #2 - Whether or not the district should affiliate with a private hospital; what are the objective pros and cons? #3 - Weather or not the public will accept any affiliation or prefer to explore other alternatives to deal with the debt, the worst long-term debt of any of the 1,350 comparable hospitals in the U.S.
The affiliation issue is on the fast track, which necessarily makes it the most urgent. When a decision is reached, its will affect every taxpayer and resident of the hospital district, which comprises North Bend (to Snoqualmie Pass), Snoqualmie, Fall City, Preston, and Carnation---and unincorporated areas in between The combined population of the district is approximately 48,500, which means that each woman, man, and child carries a risk of over $2,000 because of the hospital's long-term debt of approximately $100 million. This situation reflects decades of poor staff and board leadership, as well as ribber stamp boards. This needs to change NOW! before it gets worse.

I ask for your vote to change this situation and to work for more responsible governance.
I will provide my input at board meetings based in part on what I learn from my constituents---but also on my personal experience with hospitals.
Please see my statement in the King County Voters' Pamphlet. Perhaps it is also worth noting that I am the only veteran on the governing board. I have broad experience in government and human services unmatched by any other candidate. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I am not a rubber stamp for the staff or autocratic board leadership but, instead, think issues through independently and objectively before making a decision or voting. This requires considerable research into "best practices," said to be one of the goals of the district. I have the courage to reject superficial "group think," even if I must vote against the majority or even alone.

In front of the main Bellevue library, there is a full-size bronze of Mahatma Gandhi, the famous Indian peace maker. At the base of this statue is his quotation, "Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth."

I try my best to serve the public and live by that standard.