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Peninsula Healthcare District candidate statements for November election

Original post made by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills, on Aug 11, 2014

There are 4 candidates for 3 seats on the Peninsula Healthcare District Board of Directors in November 2014. Challenger Doug Radtke who I sponsored, and incumbents Dennis Zell, Helen Galligan and Lawrence Cappel.

Their candidate statements follow:

Occupation: Accountant / Auditor
Education and Qualifications:

As a candidate for the Peninsula Health Care District I support and agree with the findings and recommendations of the San Mateo Grand Jury in 2013.

The Grand Jury recommended the district reevaluate its role as either a landlord, real estate developer, or health care leader. After World War II, the State Legislature allowed communities to create these
Districts to serve rural areas without access to basic hospital care.

Today, the district is sitting en $61 million in reserves and the district is one of thirty such health care districts statewide that no longer run hospitals. Meanwhile, there are thousands of uninsured residents in San Mateo County within the district with urgent healthcare needs.

I have extensive experience performing assurance audits on governmental entities, including cities and special districts. As a director, I will advocate for accountability, transparency, and good-governance in the district.

Together we can open the discussion about the role of the district moving forward: I ask for your support and your vote.

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 12, 2014 at 11:56 am

Here arethe candidate statements for the other 3 candidates.

Peninsula Healthcare District Election November 2014

Larry Chappel
Candidate Statement

I am seeking re-election to the Peninsula Healthcare District. I have been a Director since 2009. Currently I serve as chairman of the District Board.

I have served on a variety of District committees. Included are the Long-Term Planning committee, Campus Work group, Community Investment committee, Finance committee, Sutter oversight committee arid the District/Mills Peninsula Planning committee. I have also served as Treasurer.

As a healthcare executive the past thirty years, I have gained the experience that provides me a contemporary perspective as to the needs of PHCD residents. It is my goal to ensure that the District remains committed to providing adequate access for all residents to the highest quality healthcare services available — now and into the future.

It is also my desire to ensure that the health of the entire population is enhanced through the provision of appropriate healthcare services. These include, but are not limited to, dental and medical services, health promotion and health education programs, senior services, housing, children services and other programs that impact the health of our residents.

I look forward to continuing to carry out an ambitious program that will make our healthcare District a model throughout the nation for many years to come.

Peninsula Healthcare District Election November 2014
Dennis Zell
Candidate Statement

It has been my honor to serve you as a Director of the Peninsula
Health Care District.

The Peninsula is home to some of the finest physicians in the
world and I am dedicated to the proposition that world-class
medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, laboratory, blood bank, and
emergency services will continue to be provided to the people of
our community in modern, state-of-the-art facilities.

During the next term, important decisions will be made concerning
the continued redevelopment of the Peninsula Hospital campus. I
will support uses that compliment and enhance the hospital as
determined by independent analysis and open and good faith
consultation with all stakeholders.

As Treasurer of the District, I diligently review District finances to
make sure that the District wisely invests the public's money so as
to be able to meet both long-term and short-term community health
care needs without raising taxes.

Also, I will continue to support the start-up of innovative non-
profit organizations that provide health care services to the poor
utilizing sustainable economic models that rely upon a
combination of low fees, commercial subsidy, and private charity.
I ask for your support and for your vote.

Peninsula Healthcare District Election November 2014

Helen Galligan
Age: 57
Occupation: Registered Nurse
Education and Qualifications:

I have served on the Peninsula Health Care District since February 2006 and have been a registered nurse for 36 years. My experience working directly with patients allows me to add a caring perspective to decisions complementing the existing expertise on the PCHD Board.

I received a diploma in Nursing from St. John's Hospital School Of Nursing in Springfield, Illinois and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northern Illinois University. My three children were born at Mills-Peninsula. Previously, I worked at San Mateo County Hospital, Mills and Peninsula Hospitals as nurse for 13 years, a local endoscopy center for 6 Years.

Being a long time resident, a nurse and mother are qualities I bring to the board. I am proud of the part Peninsula Health Care District has played in the opening of the "state of the art" Peninsula Hospital in 2012 at well as the contribution the District has made in the many non-profit programs that are supported to serve the non-acute healthcare needs of our PHCD residents. I am the chairperson of the community grants .

I would love to continue to be part of ensuring our residents have what is needed to live healthy and productive lives. I would appreciate your vote.

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