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El Camino Healthcare District launches misconduct investigation into one of its own board members

Original post made on Jul 29, 2020

El Camino Healthcare District's board of directors voted 3-1 this month to launch an investigation into a complaint that board member Julia Miller had been unprofessional and disrespectful to hospital staff.

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Posted by Due process for all
a resident of another community
on Jul 29, 2020 at 2:59 pm

Our community and Julia Miller deserve more transparency on the nature of the complaint. I am pretty sure that the three board members voting to begin an investigation that is timed to report results at election time, based on some anonymous, vague, oral complaint would howl if this were done to them. As with all board members, Julia Miller is entitled to one of the basic requirements of due process: to understand the complaint against her and know who is making it. Very poor form for the board chair Gary Kalbach to move forward with a process in which our community will not be able to have confidence, owing to the lack of due process and obvious political motivations.

Posted by Member
a resident of another community
on Jul 29, 2020 at 3:46 pm

Does anybody know whether The two board members who are investigating her and possibly thwarting her re-election bid are themselves running for re-election? If so, that’s...fishy...that’s seems like an abuse of power

Posted by Robyn
a resident of another community
on Jul 29, 2020 at 4:42 pm

This is not surprising. She was the same while in Sunnyvale. She exhibits all the characteristics of self -important synchophant to developers. She even refused to serve on a short jury trial in Sunnyvale.
Harassing staff can lead to expensive lawsuits for the district and taxpayers.

Posted by Republicans have got to go
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 29, 2020 at 6:27 pm

I'm concerned that the only Democrat and woman on a 5 seat board is being targeted without due process by her Republican male colleagues who have a history of neglecting the rights of healthcare workers, while she has been the one championing them.

It's time to vote these men out. Enough of this conservative nonsense at a time when we need people to collaborate, talk to each other and be focused on fighting for and supporting our healthcare workers. There are better uses of their time than a hit job during an election season.

Voters be aware, while it is a "nonpartisan" office, this very republican and male board is not so unpartisan. This November, it's time for a change.

Posted by Hospital Stolen
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jul 29, 2020 at 7:29 pm

As I recall, years ago doctors got together and got the elected hospital board to transfer the hospital to a corporation they had formed. The elected hospital board now does little more that hand out a few million dollars each year to health care-related non-profits. Elected board members who the corporate staff and existing corporate board likes are added to the corporate board.

Posted by ECH Employee
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 31, 2020 at 10:11 am

None of this is remotely surprising. While El Camino has been quick to tout their shiny new facilities to the public they have been treating employees poorly the past 2 years. I've been there for over a decade and have been shocked by the actions from leadership and complete disrespect they have towards employees. It's really not surprising to hear of this complaint as it appears to reflect the culture of ECH leadership from the top down.

Posted by Healthcare Workers Oranizer
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jul 31, 2020 at 11:29 am

Gary Kalbach, John Zoglin, and Julia Miller are up for re-election. Kalbach will not seek re-election, he has been recruiting candidates to run for El Camino Hospital at least three have shown interest.

Kalbach is the Board Member who proposed the idea of investigating Miller after receiving one or more complaints from hospital staff, alluding specifically to disrespectful behavior at a board meeting in June. Who made the complaint, and the specific details of the complaint, had not been revealed even to other board members at the July 15 meeting.

When asked for a copy of the complaint, a hospital spokesman said that Kalbach received a "verbal" complaint with no paper trail.

The timing of the July 15th board meeting was two days after filing opened, coincidence I say not, this reeks of political mud slinging to discredit the only elected registered Democrat female on the board.

Posted by Lois Lane
a resident of Waverly Park
on Sep 11, 2020 at 4:47 pm

Lois Lane is a registered user.

If Ms. Miller was not guilty of any wrong doing why did she sign an agreement resigning from the Community Benefit Advisory Council just days prior to the meeting scheduled for September 10th for the Board to discuss the results of the investigation?

Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 12, 2020 at 10:02 am

Steven Nelson is a registered user.

@Lois you need to Find Your SUPERMAN! If someone is guilty - or there is even reasonable evidence to warrant a criminal or an FPPC complaint - Has the Deputy District Attorney for Public Integrity filed an indictment? (Santa Clara County level) Has the FPPC (Fair Political Practice Commission) at the state level?

This is Very Very Clearly a just_before_Election, during the Campaign, undocumented in writing Hatchet Job. The Hospital District Director in question has a previous elected oversight record - in a city within the hospital District. She seems well versed in "oversight" and that does sometimes involve making the staff 'cringe and feel bad' when the staff does a Bad Job for the PUBLIC!