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Hohorst, Rymer file for hospital board

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Peter Hohorst and Joshua Rymer filed Monday for the two open positions on the Sonoma Valley Health Care District board of directors. The two candidates have declared the intention to run together for the four-year positions that will be filled in the November election.

Hohorst said he plans to run with Rymer in the election because he sees him as a valuable addition to the board.

“Joshua has brought to the board some very valuable thinking in recent years. It’s clear he cares about our hospital and our community, and I see his expertise in strategic planning enabling him to make strong contributions as the Board moves forward,” Hohorst said.

Hohorst has served on the board for six years, currently as treasurer, and is a past board chair. He is a manufacturing consultant whose broad experience in facilities planning and construction led him to play an instrumental role in building the hospital’s new wing, which opened in February, and houses the new Emergency Department and Surgery Center.

Hohorst’s service to the City of Sonoma includes serving as board member and president of the Sonoma Community Center, chairman of the Fourth of July Parade Committee, and board member of the Diamond A Mutual Water Company. He has been a member of the Sonoma Valley Health Care District board of directors since 2008.

Hohorst and his wife, Lorrie, are long-time Sonoma residents and active community volunteers. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT.

Rymer has filed to fill the position on the board currently held by Kevin Carruth, who has announced his intention not to run again when his term expires this year.

Rymer and his husband, Tim Frazer, have been Sonoma residents since 1998. He works as an independent consultant, developing sustainable business strategies for companies and nonprofit organizations.

As a part of his consulting practice, he has worked closely with the hospital in the past two years on its strategic plan. Rymer has also worked with a number of other nonprofit organizations, including the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Crown Family Philanthropies, The Outdoors Empowered Network, Education Outside, and The Miriam and Peter Haas Foundation.

Rymer also is an active volunteer in the community and serves on several boards including Community Foundation Sonoma County, and Sonoma Valley Fund (president). During his career, he has held positions with Pacific Bell (now AT&T), Boston Consulting Group, and Charles Schwab & Co.

Rymer holds bachelor’s degrees with honors from the University of Pennsylvania and The Wharton School and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

“Through my work with the hospital and the district board, I have come to appreciate what a unique and valuable asset it is for our community. My goal in running is to help ensure that our hospital achieves the stable footing it needs so it can continue to serve the health needs of the Sonoma Valley,” Rymer said.