Mountain View Voice

News - May 18, 2012

Hospital to pick new board members

by Nick Veronin

Next week, El Camino Hospital District's board of directors will choose the new members of the soon-to-be-expanded El Camino Hospital board, an official with the Mountain View-based health care organization said.

— Last week, six candidates were interviewed in open meetings of the district board of trustees, according to Chris Ernst, spokeswoman for the hospital. One of the candidates was interviewed on Wednesday, May 9; the other five were interviewed Saturday, May 12. The six men and women are competing for three new positions on the hospital board.

Back in January, El Camino officials announced plans to add three new members to the hospital board. The five-member district board is not expanding.

According to Ernst, the hospital board stands to benefit from adding members with specific experience and skills that current board members do not have, such as "expertise in finance, quality measures and health care policy," Ernst said in a press release.

To find qualified candidates, the district board hired Russell Reynolds, the same executive search firm that sought out Tomi Ryba, who replaced Ken Graham as El Camino's new president and CEO. According to Ernst the initial search turned up 40 qualified candidates; the initial candidates were narrowed down to 20; then to 10. Ultimately, the district board must chose from the six finalists.

Those six candidates are: Robynne Sisco of Los Altos, who holds a master's degree in business administration; Nandini Tandon of Los Altos who has a doctoral degree; John Aird of Santa Cruz, who has a master's degree in public health; Neal Cohen, a medical doctor from San Francisco; Bill Hobbs of Saratoga,who holds a master's degree in business administration; and Jeff Davis, a medical doctor from Los Altos.

Up until this point, board members have served a dual role as members of both the hospital board and the hospital district's board. Hospital board members are appointees, while hospital district board members are elected officials. After the change, the hospital board will continue to be composed of all five district board members, plus three additional members appointed by the district board.

As district officials make their final decisions, the hospital board has also been working on recruiting up to 15 people to work on six committees that will advise the hospital's board of directors. These advisory committees will be composed of individuals with expertise in areas of corporate compliance, patient care, finance, investment and executive compensation.

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