About five months after resigning from the board of directors of El Camino Hospital in order to spend more time with his family, Uwe Kladde has announced he will also be leaving his elected post on the hospital district board for the same reason, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
The district board is currently looking into the process for replacing Kladde, who first joined both boards in 2008, said Chris Ernst, a hospital representative. The board has the option of holding a special election or appointing a replacement. Should the district board decide to appoint a replacement, that individual would be required to run in the November election to maintain his or her seat, as Kladde's term was set to expire at the end of this year.
District board members are elected by residents living within the hospital district. Hospital board members are appointed by the district board.
The two boards have traditionally been composed of the same five members, with the district board members appointing themselves to the hospital board. However, by the end of June, the hospital board is scheduled to expand from its current composition of five board members plus El Camino's CEO to a new arrangement -- eight members plus CEO Tomi Ryba. The district board will remain a five-member governing body.
The hospital board meets monthly to discuss and make business decisions, while the district board meets quarterly and rules on matters pertaining to the taxpayer-funded El Camino Hospital District.