Uwe Kladde, who has served on the El Camino Hospital's board of directors since 2008, has announced he will be stepping down in order to "spend more time and energy on his family," he said in a press release.
He will continue to serve on the hospital district's board, a separate governing body.He will continue to serve on the board of the hospital district, a separate governing body made up of the same board members. The hospital board meets monthly on business decisions, while the district board meets quarterly and rules strictly on matters pertaining to the El Camino Hospital District.
The board of directors has not decided how it will go about replacing Kladde, a former registered nurse who was elected in 2008 to a four-year term that expires this November. The hospital statement said that the board will determine the process it will follow to fill the vacancy in the coming weeks.
Since it is the district board members who appoint the members of the hospital board, it may be that Kladde will have some say in choosing his replacement.
John Zoglin, chairman of the hospital's board of directors, had praise for Kladde. "He has had tremendous positive impact over these past three years on El Camino Hospital, its patients and the community," Zoglin said.
There was little more explanation given for his departure than a desire to spend more time with his family.
"It has been my privilege to serve on the El Camino Hospital Board of Directors," Kladde said in the hospital statement, "and I am pleased to be able to continue to contribute through my elected seat with my colleagues on the El Camino Hospital District Board. I am looking forward to having more quality time with my family while staying connected to El Camino Hospital through my seat on the District Board."