Wednesday, April 20, 2016

UPDATED: EvergreenHealth's Board of Commissioners Approve Resolution to Request Expansion of Board

Proposition to be Placed on August Ballot

EvergreenHealth’s Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to expand the King County Public Hospital District No. 2  (EvergreenHealth) board from five to seven commissioners last night at their regular public board meeting. The resolution requests that King County Elections places a proposition on the Aug. 2, 2016 election ballot to allow the registered voters in EvergreenHealth’s district to decide on the expansion.

As a public district health care system, EvergreenHealth is governed by a Board of Commissioners, each of whom is elected by the voters in the district to serve a six-year term. The Board provides governance and accountability for EvergreenHealth’s mission, vision and purpose, quality, service and overall effectiveness, through collaboration and counsel to the system’s CEO.

Since formation in November 1967, EvergreenHealth’s Board of Commissioners has been comprised of five members. In accordance with state regulation RCW 70.44.053, at any general or special election a public hospital district board of commissioners may, pursuant to resolution, submit to the voters of such district a proposition to increase the number of commissioners to seven.

As EvergreenHealth’s district continues to grow in size, diversity and complexity, the Board seeks to expand in order to broaden the viewpoint and representation in the community. Over the district’s 44-year history, the total population within its boundaries has grown from 22,000 to nearly 300,000 residents. Today, EvergreenHealth is one of the largest employers on the Eastside with gross revenues exceeding $1 billion and more than 4,000 employees, nearly 1,000 providers and 1,000 volunteers who care for nearly 600,000 people annually.

“Increasing the number of commissioners will help provide oversight within our ever-increasing, complex health care environment, with added expertise and a broad mix of skills and leadership styles among commissioners,” said Al DeYoung, chair of EvergreenHealth’s Board of Commissioners.

The Board currently has five commissioners: one from each of the three sub-districts and two at-large positions. Current members of the Board of Commissioners include: Al DeYoung, board chair (Bothell/Woodinville/Duvall); Jeanette Greenfield, secretary (at-large); Rebecca Hirt (Kirkland/Kenmore); R. August Kempf (Redmond/Sammamish) and Charles Pilcher, M.D. (at-large).

To learn more about EvergreenHealth’s proposed Board expansion, visit

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