Seventeen people are seeking seats on the governing boards of North County's two major public hospital systems--Palomar-Pomerado Health System and Tri-City Medical Center-- with many challengers highlighting the series of operational storms that have hit both organizations.
The Tri-City election comes after two years of catastrophes at the Oceanside hospital, including an investment of about $11 million of the employee pension fund in a failed insurance company, resulting in a major loss, and the hospital's $20 million expansion that ended up costing $58 million. Various candidates claim the current board's "lack of business sophistication" fostered those problems.
East of Tri-City in Escondido lies Palomar-Pomerado, which, with its 710 beds, is the state's largest public hospital system.
PALOMAR POMERADO HEALTH SYSTEM
9 Candidates--Vote for Three
Loren B. Belker, writer
Martin Davis, consultant
Beverly Eastland, businesswoman (retired)
Charles H. Gabbard, engineer
John E. Gamble Jr., businessman
Bill Hutchings, incumbent
Karen Kirchoff, health consultant
Evelyn L. Madison, incumbent
Ellen Shamasko Gallego, speech pathologist
TRI-CITY HOSPITAL DISTRICT
8 Candidates--Vote for Three
Darlene Garrahy, nurse
John M. Green, administrator
Lily C. (Lil) Jackson, businesswoman
Cyril F. Kellett, incumbent
Tar Larner, rehabilitation specialist
Randy Mitchell, executive (retired)
Rosemarie V. Reno, incumbent
Tom Trainer, administrator (retired)