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Clallam County Hospital District 2 Commissioner Dist. No. 1 Position No. 1

6-year term; No salary, A 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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    Nate Adkisson

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    Ann Marie Henninger

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?

Phone (360) 981-0046
Town where you live Sequim
Experience (300 characters max) Bachelors degree Western Washington University, over 15 years in finance industry, 4 year youth leadership camp counselor, 3 year board member for Citizens for Sequim Schools.
I’m doing this to improve transparency in hospital pricing, to safeguard long term stability of existing services in the face of government reimbursement cuts, and continuing to ensure we attract the best medical professionals to the Olympic Peninsula.
Cuts and policy changes to government paid medical care. Continuing to attract and hire the number of medical professionals needed to meet the demands of the hospital district. Striving to contain and control the escalating cost to operate medical facilities.
The current changes issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and its impacts, especially on Sequim facilities, is the most urgent issue facing the hospital district.
I will work with the board of commissioners to ensure that we have one collective voice in supporting OMC’s efforts both in advocating with government officials and fighting in the courts to reverse these policies that were recently issued by Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services. If the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services policies are not reversed, I will work diligently with the board to communicate how this is going to impact OMC services moving forward.
My background in finance in an ever-changing landscape which requires continuing education, curiosity, research, and solving complex problems under deadline. I work in a team environment which requires collaboration and results. With the hospital district facing many complex issues, I will bring a committed and focused attitude in finding the best solutions based on all information and expertise available to meet the healthcare needs of our community.
Phone (360) 461-5531
Town where you live Sequim, Washington
Experience (300 characters max) Registered Nurse for 29 years; Community volunteer (Scout Troop 1498, Sequim Free Clinic, Volunteer Hospice, Storm King Soccer Club, etc) Strong leadership skill set; Extensive health care education and knowledge; Regular attendee at Board of Commissioner meetings for two years; Advocate;
I am running for the Hospital Commissioner position because I: am passionate about the physical well-being, brain health, and overall welfare of my community; seek to be of assistance using my passion and skills; and consider our Public Hospital District an incredible treasure to be preserved, protected, and stewarded.

My qualifications include: (1) twenty-nine years as a registered nurse in a variety of roles; (2) direct involvement and experience with how boards function; (3) local (Sequim) resident and community volunteer since 1996; (4) spending considerable effort familiarizing myself with the commissioner position and responsibilities; and (5) knowledge, desire, skills, and time to serve and to serve successfully.
1- Reimbursement for services 2- Advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels 3- Workforce recruitment and retention 4- Addressing Substance Use Disorders, impact, and treatment 5- Healthcare provider access
Governmental rules and reimbursement for services are key issues for our Public Hospital District and have far-reaching impact. These regulations and cuts have already affected OMC financially and will continue to do so over time, specifically for OMC's facilities more than 250 yards from the main hospital building. Outpatient visit reimbursement rates will drop 30% in 2019 and 60% in 2020. OMC has cut $1.7 million from their operating budget for 2019 and slashed an additional $1.7 million for 2020.
My role as commissioner is to serve as a team player on the Board, shaping policies, safeguarding the health and viability of OMC, and providing governance to help achieve the Strategic Plan goals. These goals will enable the Hospital District to remain solvent and viable while continuing to provide safe and excellent patient care. Regarding fiduciary duties around reimbursement, I will join my fellow commissioners in researching budgetary, legislative, and litigation options for halting or reversing the CMS cuts. I will work as a team player to help maintain financial solvency and stewardship. I will advocate at the local, state, and federal levels to ensure sufficient reimbursement and work for fair policies/laws guiding reimbursement. My number one priority is service to the hospital district citizens. My number two priority is collaboration with fellow commissioners.
I am a healthcare provider, having been a Registered Nurse for nearly 30 years in a variety of roles, including staff, management, and volunteer positions. I am passionate about my local community as demonstrated through a long history of volunteerism. I am determined, diligent, and dedicated. I am passionate, persistent, and offer a fresh perspective. I am committed, collegial, and cooperative.