The El Camino Healthcare District's board of directors is scheduled tonight to consider appointing one of 13 applicants to a vacant seat on the board, following the sudden resignation of former board member Dennis Chiu at the end of June. The elected member will serve a short term that lasts until the November 2018 election.
Members of the health care district's board represent residents within the special tax district, which includes Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and parts of Sunnyvale, Santa Clara and Cupertino. The five elected board members oversee the use of taxpayer funds for capital improvements at El Camino Hospital and about $7 million in health care grant funds, and also serve on El Camino Hospital's board of directors -- giving them direct oversight over the hospital's operations and $800 million annual budget.
The field of candidates up for consideration Wednesday night include residents from Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Los Altos with a broad range of backgrounds, including lawyers, a former Mountain View City Council member, doctors and health care industry experts.
The list includes Mountain View resident William Adler, a retired lawyer who worked in the telecommunications industry; Mountain View resident Jonathan Cowan, a health care consultant; Los Altos resident Alissa Erogbogbo, a medical director; Los Altos resident Neysa Fligor, senior legal counsel for HP Inc.; Los Altos resident Gary Kalbach, a long-time venture capitalist; Mountain View resident Mike Kasperzak, a former Mountain View City Council member; Los Altos resident Sivaram Krishnan, founder and CEO of the company Inborg Corporation; Los Altos resident Edward Loizeaux, a retired manufacturing consultant; Sunnyvale resident Tara Martin-Milius, a Sunnyvale City Council member and business management consultant; Sunnyvale resident Sachihiko Michitaka, founder and CEO of Ocean Seven Consulting, LLC; Mountain View resident Kristina Peterson, a 10-year senior program therapist in El Camino's behavioral health department; Mountain View resident Carol Somersille, a self-employed obstetrician and gynecologist; and Los Altos Hills resident George Ting, a nephrologist with the El Camino Renal Medical Group.
Health care district board members have made it clear in past meetings that the hospital's oversight needs more expertise in the field of health care, citing a need to control costs and make smart investments that can increase the number of patients the hospital serves and grow its presence in communities both inside and outside the district's boundaries. In a recent decision, board members voted to expand the hospital's board of directors to include two additional members to provide more expert analysis.
Anyone who wants to watch the board meeting can go to the health care district's live stream.