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Skagit County Hospital District 1 Commissioner Position 4

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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    Linda Eiford
    (NP)

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    Dale Ragan
    (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 (360) 424-6585
Email lindaeiford@comcast.net
Town where you live Mount Vernon
Experience (300 characters max) I worked for Skagit County District Court Probation for 21 years, both as a probation officer and as Director. I served as Treasurer for the state-wide Misdemeanant Corrections Association for six years. I volunteer for the Skagit County Sheriff's office and the Mount Vernon Police Department.
A friend, who is a Hospital Commissioner, encouraged me to run. I am interested in health issues and thought it would be challenging and satisfying to participate in the process of making decisions that affect health care in our community.
1) Finances. Helping our district stay solvent while dealing with the constant changes in the cost of doing business. 2) Access. Making sure that the people who need care have access to it. Further, making sure that people have access to the specialty care they require. 3) Quality. Providing first-class health care to everyone who is served by our district.
Financial issues are the most urgent. It’s important that the district makes wise choices when spending, keeping long-term goals in mind to avoid duplication. Employee wages, equipment purchases, recruiting specialists and providing specialized care, and property acquisition and management are just a few of the considerations. On the other side are Medicare/Medicaid reimbursements, insurance and private pay income. With respect to finances, good communication is also important. Consumers need to understand what is happening and why, so they will have trust in the system.
The Commissioners work as a team, and I fully intend to participate in that regard. I will listen to everyone and make my decisions based on what seems best for the consumer. I will not hesitate to say what I think when considering issues. These are challenging times financially and I have experience handling other people’s money and making difficult spending decisions.
None of the qualities I have are “unique,” but here are a few characteristics that are important: a) I’m an attentive listener b) I want to know what people think c) I’ve had experience being a steward of the public’s money d) I believe in transparency whenever and as much as possible e) As a former long-time public servant, I would like to continue giving back to my community in this way
Phone (360) 708-0975
Email daleragan@comcast.net
Town where you live Mount Vernon
Experience (300 characters max) Bachelor's Degree, Accounting Certificate, Masters in Business Administration (MBA), as well as experience in finance and accounting both as a college instructor and volunteer in community organizations. Over 28 years managing my own business, City Council and Dike District experience..
The opportunity to run for an open seat, with no incumbent, is attractive, and gives voters the opportunity for a fresh face on the Board. My years of involvement with the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation and service on the Skagit Valley Hospital Finance Committee show my continued and long-term interest in your hospital.
Financial condition of the hospital, accessible health care with good service. fair and equitable treatment of staff.
While I believe all 3 are important, if I have to choose one, I would choose the financial condition of the hospital, because without that, it is hard for the other two issues to be successfully addressed.
I work well with others, using a collaborative process.
.My extensive education and experience in finance and business management, years of involvement with the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation and their Finance Committee, my long term involvement with the communities of Skagit Valley. I work well with others using a collaborative process.