Whidbey General Hospital seeks candidates

Whidbey General Hospital officials are putting out a call for people interested in serving as the District No. 4 commissioner.

Roger Case held the position for nearly 18 years but is stepping down. His last day is June 15.

The board said it wants to name a replacement the week before at its monthly meeting.

The only trouble is efforts to recruit willing candidates have not gone according to plan.

“We’ve had it on our website but not a single person has applied,” said Trish Rose, spokeswoman for Whidbey General.

The hospital board is composed of five commissioners who are charged with creating and adopting policy for the district while also overseeing operations, including the delivery of quality patient care.

According to a message posted on the hospital’s website by board President Ann Tarrant, the board is seeking “civic-minded and capable” applicants with business and or health care experience.

“The successful applicant must be able to commit to selected committee meetings that may occur during the day,” the message said. “She or he must also be able to attend regularly scheduled board meetings held monthly at 5 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at Whidbey General Hospital.”

Once someone is appointed, that person will also have to run in the November general election in order to retain the seat.

Hospital commissioner terms are for six years.

Filing for open elected offices in Island County closed last week and the District No. 4 hospital seat was one of 14 positions that received no candidate filings.

In response, the Island County Auditor’s Office will hold a special filing period for those races June 3 through 5. Declarations of candidacy will be accepted each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Elections Office in Coupeville.

To apply for the hospital appointment, resumes can be mailed to the board chairwoman at Whidbey General Hospital, 101 North Main St., Coupeville, 98239.

Board members will review the applications and interview the most qualified applicants prior to naming their selected candidate.

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