Hospital seeks committee volunteers
The Sonoma Valley Health Care District is seeking new members for various board committees including Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, Finance Committee and Quality Committee.
Peter Hohorst, board chair, said, “We want residents from all corners of our district – which runs from Sears Point up the Sonoma Valley through Glen Ellen – to be involved with the hospital. We all know that the Sonoma Valley Hospital is our only hospital and it’s critical to every one of us, our families and our friends, as well as Sonoma’s many visitors.
Everything about the hospital continues to improve. The quality of patient care and the patient experience have improved dramatically, construction is now underway for our bond funded emergency room and surgical suites, our financial bottom line is stronger, and we are engaged in a successful fundraising campaign.” “To ensure we continue on this successful path, we are reaching out for people who will bring their special talents, energy and time to help the hospital. Having the active involvement of district residents is one more way we ensure that Sonoma Valley Hospital remains viable and provides the best possible care every day,” he continued.
The Citizens Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) is looking for one voting member and three non-voting alternates. The CBOC functions as the district’s steward of the 2008 bond measure assuring citizens that the funds are spent for the purposes intended. Citizens with an interest in the financial health of the hospital, including those who have experience with government bonds, as well as those who want to ensure the hospital continues to use the bonds as approved by the voters, are encouraged to apply. Meetings are scheduled quarterly on the third Thursday of the month at 5 p.m. – the first meeting for new members will be on Jan. 17. It is anticipated that the CBOC’s work will be completed by June 2014.
The Finance Committee is in need of two voting members. The Finance Committee assists the board in all aspects of its oversight of the district’s financial affairs. Residents with an interest in sharing their expertise in fields such as health care finance, business, banking, commercial real estate, real estate development and accounting, as well as those who have a special interest in the financial affairs of the hospital, are encouraged to apply. Meetings are scheduled on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m.
The Quality Committee is looking for one voting member and three non-voting alternates. The Quality Committee serves as the steward for overall quality improvement. Not only can persons who have a background in medicine and health care bring beneficial expertise, but those who have experience and knowledge about quality control, quality assurance and customer service in other fields can be equally valuable, including but not limited to airline pilots, lawyers, insurance professionals, manufacturing experts and specialized academics. Those who have an interest in ensuring the hospital provides high quality medical care and exceptional patient experiences are encouraged to apply. Meetings are scheduled on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 5 p.m.
All of these committees meet at Sonoma Valley Hospital. Non-voting alternates are strongly encouraged and expected to attend and actively participate in all their committee’s meetings. As voting member vacancies occur, the future voting committee members will come from the ranks of the non-voting alternates.
Interested persons who live within the district may obtain an application at the hospital’s administration office, 347 Andrieux St., Sonoma, weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m., or e-mail Gina Studebaker at email@example.com.
Completed applications with resumes/CV may be delivered to the hospital in person during normal business hours or mailed to the address listed above. All applications should be received no later than the close of business (4:30 p.m.) on Thursday, Oct. 17.
A special board meeting will be held the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 7, to interview all the applicants and select the new committee members and alternates.