Two zones in Palomar Well being District that embrace Poway, Rancho Bernardo and 4S Ranch have candidates within the Nov. 8 election.
Palomar Well being is the area’s public well being district. It covers 800 sq. miles in North San Diego County and is served by two hospitals, Palomar Medical Middle Poway and Palomar Medical Middle Escondido. It additionally has a talented nursing facility, The Villas at Poway.
The district is represented by seven elected officers who serve four-year phrases on its board of administrators, based mostly on their residences in geographic zones. The odd-numbered zones are up for election this fall. To see the district zones map, go to tinyurl.com/PHzones.
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Three candidates are working for the Zone 5 seat. They’re incumbent John Clark, Alejandro Paz and Hans Christian M. Sison. The zone covers most of Poway; a part of the east and southeast facet of Rancho Bernardo, east of Interstate 15; Carmel Mountain Ranch and Sabre Springs.
Incumbent John Clark, 70, is a Poway resident. He has owned and operated companies within the healthcare area for over 40 years, and is the founder and CEO of World Most cancers Expertise.
“It’s a bioPharma firm that’s growing a drug for mind most cancers and breast most cancers,” Clark stated. “Concurrently I’m growing extra medical applied sciences to convey to the forefront of healthcare.”
Clark earned a Bachelor of Science in pre-med research on the College of Scranton.
He has served one four-year time period on the Palomar Board. He has additionally been its finance committee chairman.
“I discovered an amazing deal in regards to the operations of Palomar Well being, the biggest public well being district in California and I hope to serve the neighborhood as a board director for the subsequent 4 years,” Clark stated.
“I care deeply about our residents getting access to top quality and dependable healthcare from their native hospital. I’ve come to know a lot of our physicians, nurses and caretakers and really a lot admire their dedication and dedication to our effectively being. I need to make our hospital system often known as a spot the place sufferers can anticipate high-quality healthcare to be delivered always.”
In keeping with Clark, the highest three points dealing with the Palomar Well being district are sustaining high quality healthcare, conservative monetary administration which incorporates extra transparency in all monetary disclosures and reporting obligations, and higher and impartial board oversight when advising hospital administration and the CEO.
Clark stated he has “confirmed myself to combat for one of the best healthcare choices dealing with the neighborhood. I’ve a deep hospital/medical business background and may merge that have with the gathered data I gained serving as a board director for the previous 4 years. I can present the mandatory management to make corrective adjustments inside the hospital system and I benefit from the assist of so many physicians, nurses and workers at Palomar.”
Clark’s marketing campaign web site is johnclarkforpalomarhealth.com.
Alejandro Paz, 68, is a Rancho Bernardo resident. He’s a household follow medical physician. Paz earned his bachelor’s from the College of California San Diego, medical diploma from the College of Utah College of Medication, accomplished post-graduate work at Phoenix Baptist Hospital Household Medication Residency and earned a grasp’s from the College of California Los Angeles.
He has by no means served on Palomar Well being’s board.
“I’ve labored as a household physician within the Palomar Well being District for over three many years. My follow has allowed me to look after generations of San Diegans, from grandparents to grandchildren, sisters and brothers, and everybody in between,” Paz stated. “As a doctor, I’m greater than a medical specialist to the sufferers that I look after. My expertise as a trusted advocate and downside solver will lend effectively to the Board of Administrators. I’m dedicated to placing the pursuits of the folks Palomar serves first.”
Paz stated the three greatest points the well being district is dealing with are a must “implement methods to strengthen healthcare staffing, ship high quality affected person experiences and enhance entry to care. Between developments in expertise and rising healthcare prices for sufferers, Palomar is dealing with a extremely aggressive surroundings.
“Sufferers are looking for a handy expertise with regards to their well being,” Paz stated. “Minimizing wait occasions and making certain sufferers don’t really feel rushed are essential to delivering a top quality expertise. Palomar might want to depend on constant high quality to draw and retain sufferers.”
“For 3 straight years, Newsweek has named Palomar Well being a World’s Greatest Hospital, and I’m dedicated to constructing on this recognition, and a number of other others, to proceed the custom of excellence we depend on,” Paz stated. “If elected, I would be the solely physician on the board, bringing an necessary perspective to the management of the district.”
Paz’s marketing campaign web site is worldsbesthospitalpalomar.com/paz.
Hans Christian M. Sison, 55, is a Poway resident. He’s a licensed nurse who earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing at Lyceum Northwestern College.
He was elected to serve one four-year time period on the Palomar Well being board, which he did from 2014 to 2018.
“I’ve served on the Palomar Well being board for 4 years and (am) a former navy veteran,” Sison stated. “I’ll proceed to satisfy my dedication to serve the folks and sufferers in my neighborhood.”
In keeping with Sison, the highest three points for the Palomar Well being district are an absence of investments going to Palomar Hospital Poway, brief staffing along with the affordability and accessibility of healthcare.
“I’ll combat to maintain the providers open at Palomar Hospital Poway and advocate for well-equipped and well-trained workers for the advantage of the sufferers in my neighborhood,” Sison stated.
As of press time, Sison didn’t have a marketing campaign web site.
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Within the Zone 7 race there are two candidates — incumbent Linda Greer and Carol Ware. The zone consists of 4S Ranch, the southern a part of Poway, Del Sur, Santaluz and Rancho Peñasquitos.
Incumbent Linda Greer, 69, is a Poway resident. She is a registered nurse who graduated from Palomar Faculty Nursing College.
She was on the Palomar Well being board from 2004 to 2014 and elected once more for one more four-year time period in 2018. She is at present the board’s chair.
“As a registered nurse, affected person advocate and mom of 9, I first joined the board to convey a novel vantage level. I’ve spent my 40-year profession centered on caring for folks, regardless of who they’re, the place they’re from or their private circumstances.
“I’m notably happy with my work championing assist providers for victims of abuse as a way to present hope and therapeutic to survivors,” Greer added. “It might be my nice honor to proceed to be just right for you.”
In keeping with Greer, the three greatest points dealing with Palomar Well being are monetary stability, workforce stability and entry to high quality care. She stated Palomar is the biggest healthcare district in California, but solely 3 % taxpayer funded. “Monetary expertise in overseeing a big built-in enterprise is critical to enhance healthcare,” she stated.
As well as, she stated healthcare employee shortages are inflicting vital results in affected person entry, so recruitment should stay a high precedence. Additionally that sustaining high quality care and affected person security is her high precedence.
“Palomar Hospital wants skilled and passionate leaders to make sure the district will probably be round for generations to come back,” Greer stated. “Below my management, Palomar Well being is nationally acknowledged as one in every of America’s 250 Greatest Hospitals and has made Newsweek’s listing of World’s Greatest Hospitals for the third yr in a row. Our healthcare system emerged from the pandemic financially viable, with excellence in security, a secure workforce and plans for bringing revolutionary expertise and extra inclusive affected person care.”
Greer’s marketing campaign web site is worldsbesthospitalpalomar.com/lindagreer.
Carol Ware, 54, is a 4S Ranch resident. She is self-employed and a neighborhood volunteer and fundraiser. Ware has a bachelor’s in enterprise administration and grasp’s in organizational administration.
She has by no means served on the Palomar Well being board.
“Our closest trauma hospital ought to have the very best high quality medical workers, outfitted with the most recent in lifesaving applied sciences,” she stated. “I’m alarmed to be taught from medical professionals that the standard of affected person care has declined over the previous couple of years, particularly within the emergency trauma division.
“As a board member I’ll signify the taxpayers and guarantee our Palomar Hospital’s focus returns to offering the very best high quality affected person care over income,” she stated.
She stated the three greatest points dealing with Palomar Well being are staffing points, transparency and financial accountability and must develop providers.
“Present nursing, doctor and basic staffing shortages have negatively impacted the standard of affected person care, resulting in low morale of nurses and physicians, and unacceptable extended ready occasions within the emergency room,” Ware stated.
She stated transparency and financial accountability want to come back from hospital management and the Palomar Well being Board of Administrators. As for increasing providers, she stated this consists of cardiovascular, oncology and cognitive issues, which may be executed “by attracting and retaining skilled nurses and physicians, and bettering emergency room and trauma care.”
“As a neighborhood chief, small enterprise proprietor and fellow taxpayer, I share your want to cease wasteful spending and anticipate our trauma hospital is totally staffed and able to serve our neighborhood,” Ware stated. “Whether or not Palomar Well being is your main care or simply the closest trauma hospital, I’ll work so that you can guarantee our board’s focus stays on bettering the standard of affected person care and the morale and experience of the hospital workers.”
Ware’s marketing campaign web site is wareforpalomarhealth.com.