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Kittitas Hospital District 1 Commissioner 4

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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    Bob Crowe (NP) CEO Community Foundation of Kittitas County

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Of the three, which one is the most urgent?

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Phone (509) 856-6572
Town where you live Ellensburg
Experience (300 characters max) 45 years of experience in complex businesses including 20 as a CPA; 9 of which were in public practice; 8 yrs. as an owner of an international business; 19 yrs. as state agency business operations manager; since 2015 CEO & trustee of county community foundation and hospital commissioner since 2016.
After serving as a community volunteer on the Kittitas Valley Healthcare (KVH) finance committee for five years, I was presented with the opportunity to fill, by appointment, a vacant commissioner’s seat in September 2016. I knew from my previous years of experience on the finance committee; participating in the hospital’s community outreach functions and work with the Foundation at KVH that I would enjoy serving as a commissioner and be able to utilize and contribute my extensive business experience for the hospital's benefit. In addition, for many years my wife, Marly, and I have been generous financial supporters of The Foundation at KVH. In 2010, in my role as Ellensburg Rodeo director for the Wrangler breast cancer campaign, Tough Enough To Wear Pink, a partnership was created with The Foundation at KVH, which has, to date, successfully raised over $35,000 to provide diagnostic services to Kittitas County residents.
1. Providing access to quality medical care along with providing medical equipment and services to minimize the need for our county residents to leave Kittitas County for medical care. These on-site services need to be an integral part of the community’s healthcare system. 2. Attracting and retaining qualified staff and healthcare providers in a quality work environment with good facilities and current diagnostic equipment. Expanding areas of care such as having more specialists (such as rehabilitation, dermatology, oncology, diabetic treatment and behavioral/mental health) to support our community. 3. Keeping KVH an independent public hospital is important and allows the hospital to provide services responsive to our community's needs, and when necessary, we may enter into agreements with other medical providers to provide highly specialized care in our community. KVH must provide quality and affordable care in order to be financially healthy to maintain the district's low M&O levy.
Of the above issues facing KVH, all of which are inter-related, I believe providing access to quality healthcare to Kittitas County's residents is far and away the most urgent issue facing our community's healthcare and residents. Access to healthcare cannot wait; it is our priority. We need to provide local care to improve our community's healthcare and limit the need for our county residents to leave the county for medical care. We have been and wish to remain a community hospital providing access to healthcare in our county. These efforts will serve to not only improve our community's healthcare system but also the patient's experience.

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are my own and may not reflect the views of KVH
I bring unique qualities as a commissioner with my previous 6 years as a member of the finance committee and this past year as a commissioner. In addition, I have over 45 years of experience in complex businesses in the private and public sector. These experiences include over 20 years as a CPA, 9 of which were in public practice with the international accounting firm, PWC; as an owner of an international company and 19 years as a Washington State agency manager for business operations (retired 2015). I am a founding trustee and the Chief Executive Officer of the Community Foundation of Kittitas County founded to meet community needs. What makes my experience important to the District #1's Board of Commissioners is that my experience brings balance and added diversity to the board, which, other than my experience, is comprised of a local business owner, doctor and two members from academia. A well-balanced and diverse board of hospital commissioners is important.
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