El Camino Hospital board member stepping down

Uwe Kladde announces he is leaving post nearly a year before end of first term

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."


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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Rex Manor
on Jan 25, 2012 at 11:41 am

Can someone please explain the difference between the two boards? The article says that he was elected to both boards but I think we only vote for one baord.

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Posted by Nick V
Mountain View Voice Staff Writer
on Jan 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Nick V is a registered user.

Hey there, "Huh?" This is Nick Veronin. I wrote the article. I agree with you. It is confusing. Here's how it works: The district board is publicly elected. District board members appoint the hospital board members. As far as I can tell right now, I'm guessing they appoint themselves.

My editor and I found this interesting and chances are there will be a followup story on it. Stay tuned!

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Posted by IHT
a resident of another community
on Jan 25, 2012 at 5:42 pm

I have attended many board meetings in person as well as watched many video taped sessions online. Mr. Kladde, rarely, if ever speaks, providing little to no evidence of critical thinking nor constructive feedback in his comments or questions in open sessions. If he is asked to report on meetings he attended he rarely has a comment other than to say it was a good meeting or to say that he enjoyed it. There has got to be a better system to ensure adequate representation of community interests and insure appropriate qualifications of board members. The blurring of boundaries between these two boards needs to be addressed, as does the general transparency of their decision making. Can anyone reading their published meeting agendas decipher the cryptic language to understand what issues are being discussed? Lets hope the new members they bring on board create a much needed culture of competency, transparency and accountability.

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Posted by Blane
a resident of Gemello
on Jan 26, 2012 at 11:18 am

About time! The board is a joke, just look at how many were actaully elected by the public. There is a huge lack of relevant experience yet the power they yield over the operation of the hospital seems to know no bounds. What exatcly are they acountable for? The firing of the last CEO is a perfect example of how these boards operate.....We still dont know why we had to eat a million dollars+ of penalties to make the executive change! Seems to me there should have been some darn good documented reasons if your gonna have to pony up that kind of cash.. We are surrounded by very smart business people in the area who have invested interests in excellant health care in their area.....yet look at the calibur of what we have, its a joke. Dont let the door hit you on the way out Mr Kladde! Thanks for nothing!

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