There are three candidates running in November for two 4 year seats on the Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors. Their candidate statements which will apear in your sample ballots are appended below.
There is one overriding consideration in this election: Should the District, which no longer owns or operates Sequoia Hospital, be dissolved?
What was the original intent of voters when they established the District in 1946?
Read the candidate statements. Do a little research. Add your opinions to the discussion.
Sequoia Healthcare District
Candidates for the Office of Member of the Board of Directors
JOHN J. "JACK" HICKEY Age: 78
Occupation: Senior Research Scientist, Retired
Education and Qualifications: Serving on the Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors since 2002 has been challenging. Sequoia Hospital, wholly owned and operated by CHW (now Dignity Health), is evolving as a state-of-the-art facility on its historic site. My 2003 referendum petitioning effort thwarted relocation efforts.
The Sequoia Hospital District was established by voters in 1946 to build a hospital. They morphed into a Healthcare District following the hospital sale in 1996. The District continues to collect $8,000,000/year in property taxes while pursuing philanthropic activities clearly unintended by voters. Such were the findings of the 2000/2001 San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury.
Dissolution of the District, long overdue, would allow direct distribution of those taxes to School Districts (45%), San Mateo County (22%), Cities (17%) and other special districts (9%). Assets (~$40,000,000) not required for winding down District affairs would be similarly distributed. Millions in District related expenses would be eliminated.
I am the only board member advocating dissolution. With two years remaining, I am running for this 4 year seat to offer you an opportunity to cast a single vote in support of dissolution. Create a mandate by voting for Jack Hickey and no others.
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KIM GRIFFIN Age: 54
Occupation: Registered Nurse
Education and Qualifications: Allocation of resources within our community for health care is crucial to all residents within the Sequoia Health Care District. I will continue to support the mission of the District, which currently provides vital health services and constantly evaluates the effectiveness of our programs and grants. The many successes and positive outcomes of the District's work with schools, chronic disease management and emergency services have been fundamental in improving and saving lives. Adapting these programs to meet the changes in health care is a challenge I look forward to. /s/
KATHLEEN "KATIE" KANE Age: 66
Occupation: Human Resources Consultant
Education and Qualifications: Education: BS Organizational Development USF; Stanford Surgical Technician Certification. I have worked all facets of health care for over 40 years. I understand the future that faces health care delivery in tomorrow's environment. Health care services no longer happen just in a Hospital. Our District provides health services thorough our community programs, organizations and clinics. Since I have been on the Board, we have met the financial needs of the District through our "Community Grants Program" a broad range of health-related programs promoting the health of members in our community. Through my leadership, the District funds two medical clinics. The San Mateo Medical Center's Fair Oaks Clinic and Samaritan House Free Clinic, which provides medical, dental and vision care to over 3500 uninsured. The District created and funds the "Healthy Schools Initiative" providing school nurses and other health services at every school in our District. The Program expanded PE programs to reach 5,000 students in our ten elementary schools.
Through the oversight of the $75 million the District has dedicated to the rebuilding of Sequoia Hospital will assure that our communities Hospital will continue to provide our population with excellent and compassionate care. /s/