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Pend Oreille County Hospital District - 01 Hospital Commissioner #5

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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    Rick OBrien

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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 (509) 995-7433
Town where you live Newport
Experience (300 characters max) Board of Director experience with Big Brothers & Sisters Board, Grocers Association Board and Tarrant County Food Bank Advisory Board. Current Fire Fighter and EMT for Fire District 6, SPOFR and Kalispel Tribal Fire. Public Information Officer for Fire District 6. Former Big Brother for 2 young men
Supporting hospitals runs in my family. My father, along with Charlie Gonser, took the idea of opening a VA Hospital in Spokane (instead of the proposed Tri City area) to Washington DC, contacting Senators, ultimately resulting in the opening of the Spokane VA Medical Center, known as the Veterans Administration Memorial Hospital when it opened in 1950. I am a local business owner and also the Public Information Officer for Fire District 6. I am a volunteer firefighter and EMT. There are currently no first responders on the Board and I feel it's important to have someone representing our Emergency Medical First Responders. I want to support my local community and my Emergency Medical Services members.

My wife and I believe in supporting our community as we are also involved with Northwoods Performing Arts. My wife of over 40 years is a performer and I help as a videographer and light technician. We both clean up after the shows as needed.
We need to provide outreach to our community with Best Practice Programs for our children in schools, our retirement community and everyone in between. We need to be proactive in addressing the top three causes for fatalities in Pend Oreille County and be known for our passion in saving even one life. We need to find solutions which allow us to not only be able to maintain our level of care, but to improve our care while reducing out-of-pocket costs.

The most important issue for our retirement community is to provide solutions which allow us to not only be able to maintain our level of care, but to improve our care while reducing out-of-pocket costs and providing ways to save one life at a time. The most important issue for families is to provide outreach to our community with Best Practice Programs for our children in schools. As a First Responder, our EMS calls are growing this year over last year and we need to be proactive in addressing the top three causes for fatalities in Pend Oreille County and be known for our passion for saving even one life.
In being a First Responder I will provide firsthand experience of how we can work together to save one life at a time. Knowing that our retirement community and growing families both deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, we can provide additional community outreach programs to save lives. We need to provide additional community outreach programs from the medical perspective using the Hospital's expertise..

For example, other community hospitals sponsor a Stop the Bleed program for schools. I believe we could do a better job of explaining the benefits of an AED (Automatic Electronic Defibrillator) using one or more of numerous grant programs available. In a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, the life expectancy is around 5% but the use of an AED could increase it to 90% if administered in the first minute. According to the Washington State Dept of Health, Center for Health Statistics, 47% of deaths in Pend Oreille County are a result of heart disease, which is 6% higher than the State
I am not a politician and have never run for public office. My only interest is supporting my community by bringing my experience as a First Responder to the Hospital Board and not running for any additional office. I believe in being proactive and positive in the Hospital Commissioner position, going beyond patients receiving the right care, hiring professionals, and spending tax dollars efficiently. We're already doing that. In addition, I have been an executive with a major retailer, developing and implementing multi million dollar budgets along with operations and marketing plans which gives me unique experience to serve our community. I am also a local business owner and author, writing middle grade books under the pen name of Ryan OBrien. With that said, walking in the camp of volunteer fire fighter and EMT for Fire District 6, SPOFR and Kalispel Tribal Fire allows me a unique ability to strengthen our Hospital Board.
Mailing Address PO Box 891
Newport, WA 99156
Phone (509) 688-3131
Town where you live Newport, Washington
Experience (300 characters max) Former Executive Director of the NAHA, which provides affordable housing in Washington’s rural areas. Former Real Estate Acquisitions Manager King County Housing Authority. From 2005 to 2010 I served on the Citizens Advisory Committee for the expansion of Seattle Children's Hospital.
Hospitals matter. Hospitals are where we experience some of life’s most profound and intimate moments. We cry tears of joy when a baby is born, share tears of relief when illness or injury is overcome, and shed tears of sadness when a loved one is in pain or passes away. We are fortunate to have a hospital in our own backyard that is a center of excellence. Great people live here, and it is right and good that the first-class people of Pend Oreille County can get first-class medical care in our hometown Newport Hospital.

I am committed to the people who depend on Newport Hospital. For the past two years I have attended 100% of the Board meetings at Newport Hospital. This participation led to my interest in serving as a Commissioner. I saw how committed everyone at the hospital is to deliver compassionate, patient-centered medical care, and their dedication inspired me to seek this office.
Newport Hospital, like most hospitals, faces a challenge. Money is tight, and finances are always an issue. Washington continues to make it difficult for hospitals like ours through regulations more appropriate to big cities than rural areas. First, I’m running to make sure patients get the right care at the right time from the right providers at the right price. Second, I’m running to make sure our nurses, doctors and employees get paid what they deserve and are respected for the work they do. In order to succeed, everyone who works at Newport Hospital must be valued and respected. Enthusiastic and loyal staff are a huge asset and can also serve as powerful recruiting agents. Third, I’m running to make sure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely, so we can be confident we’re getting our money’s worth. The hospital has a duty to the taxpayers of Pend Oreille County to make sure every dollar is spent as effectively as possible.
The primary mission of a hospital is to heal people and prevent them getting from getting sick. Unfortunately, hospitals are also where we experience the reality of health care economics, subjecting us to financial pressure that makes us anxious when we most need peace of mind. In addition to all the other things Newport Hospital has to do, it must let patients relax while being treated and also have a balanced budget. As a rural, Critical Access Hospital, Newport Hospital must continue to deliver first-class medical care at prices our patients can afford.
I will bring the same drive, energy and enthusiasm to the Newport Hospital Commission that I bring to everything I do. Holding the line on price and cost will require creative thinking, effective relationships with elected officials at all levels, constructive dialogue with vendors, insurers and all lines of the bureaucracy. As one member of the Commission, I will work constructively and with purpose with my fellow Commissioners to accomplish our objectives.
My mom raised me and my sister by herself, working two full-time jobs to support us. When I was 5 years-old I developed a hip disease called Legg-Perthes that left me unable to walk. As a result I spent the next year on crutches and a decade in physical therapy. When I was 14 I began working as a janitor so I could pay for college. In 1979 I met Terry, who was previously a Deputy Sheriff. Now she’s my wife and the mother of our four children. In 1981 Terry and I built an ice cream store in Beaverton, Oregon. Inflation was at its peak and to build the store we borrowed money at almost 23%. Through hard work, good management and a great location (with Nike headquarters in Beaverton) we paid our loan back early. Since then we’ve lived our lives with financial discipline. In my business career I’ve handled all kinds of challenges, always sticking to the principles of honor, courage, integrity and fairness. I’ll bring the same values and common sense to the Newport Hospital Commission.