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Publication Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Health-care board member resigns; board will appoint replacement Health-care board member resigns; board will appoint replacement (June 16, 2004)

** Dr. Edward Katz says he was advised to resign because of a conflict of interest.

By Renee Batti
Almanac News Editor

Residents of the Sequoia Healthcare District who have a desire to serve on the board of directors could get a head start in the November 2 race for a board seat by applying for a newly vacant seat.

Dr. Edward Katz, who was appointed to the five-member health-care board a year ago, announced his resignation on June 3, effective June 7. He stated in his resignation letter that he is "planning in the near future to relocate my personal residence outside the district boundaries and would not be eligible to run for election in November of 2004."

But Dr. Katz, an orthopedic surgeon whose practice is in Redwood City, said later that he was advised to resign because the district's attorney ruled recently that he had a conflict of interest stemming from his work for Sequoia Hospital's emergency room.

The elected board co-governs Sequoia Hospital with Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), which operates the Redwood City hospital. Dr. Katz said the attorney reviewed his on-call work with Sequoia Hospital's emergency room, and concluded that the hospital work performed at the same time he sat on the board constituted a conflict of interest.

A strong advocate of the community hospital who has been active with the Sequoia Hospital Foundation, Dr. Katz said he won't be moving from the district for several years, and that he will continue his Redwood City practice.

Dr. Katz was appointed by the board to fill the unexpired term of Dr. Gerald Shefren, who resigned in April 2003. If he had wanted to continue on the board, he would have had to run for election to the seat in November. He said early this week he had intended to stand for election until the conflict-of-interest issue arose.

District board president Art Faro announced on June 8 that the board would appoint Dr. Katz's replacement, which will give the appointee an incumbent's edge when his or her seat is filled by voters in November.

Two other board seats, that of Malcolm MacNaughton and Kathleen Kane, will also be up for election.

How to apply

Registered voters living in the health-care district who want to apply for the vacant seat should send a resume, a statement explaining their interest in the position, and an acknowledgement that they will be subject to the district's conflict of interest policy and annual filing requirements to Frank Gibson, the district's CEO, at 170 Alamada de las Pulgas, Redwood City, CA 94062-2799.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, June 25.

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