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Sequoia HCD subsidy of Sequoia Hospital

Original post made by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills, on Nov 2, 2012

I have questioned my board about the Sequoia Healthcare District's continued subsidy of Sequoia Hospital, which it no longer owns. This is done through the Sequoia Hospital Foundation. From the District's website, we have, "Sequoia Healthcare District currently has authorized a $2.5 million challenge grant that will match a similar amount raised by the hospital through private philanthropy. These funds will be combined to help build a new Women’s Health Center." See: Web Link

Yet, in their 4 page, full color, 11" x 17 campaign mailing passed off as a "Report to the Community", they list only $600,000 in subsidies for 2012. You need a magnifying glass to read it!

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jan 7, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Director Art Faro, is Chair of the Sequoia Hospital Board of Directors. Katie Kane is a Member of that Board. I have suggested that their votes as Members of the Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors on Grants to the Sequoia Hospital Foundation constituted a conflict of interest. They have yet to recuse themselves from such votes.

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jan 15, 2013 at 3:09 pm

There remain three items which link Sequoia Hospital with the Sequoia Healthcare District:
1. the EBIDA profit sharing arrangement whereby the District is essentially a shareholder in the hospital. That constitutes a financial instrument which can be sold, just as a share of stock.
2. the inclusion of two District Directors on the Sequoia Hospital Board of Directors. I have addressed this apparent conflict of interest in my prior post.
3. the Nurses Education Program which is discussed in another topic. Web Link and will be on the Sequoia Healthcare District's agenda at their Feb. 6, 2013 boardmeeting.

Following is an e-mail I sent on 12/31/2012 to Glenna Vaskelis, President of Sequoia Hospital regarding their Board of Directors:

"Glenna, while viewing your website, I found your Community Benefit Report very informative. Web Link
Of particular interest, was the message from you and Art Faro, Board Chair, Sequoia Hospital Board of Directors. I then searched your website for mention and listing of your Board of Directors. I’m sure it must be there, but I could not find it.

Perhaps you can provide me with a link to that information.

Jack Hickey, Elected Director, Sequoia Healthcare District"

I am awaiting a response.

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jan 18, 2013 at 8:41 am

Here is the response from Glenna Vaskelis:
"We do not list our Board members on our website. Unlike the District, we are not a public entity, as you know."

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