Thursday, January 3, 2019

Todd Banks appointed EvergreenHealth commissioner

Currently four of seven commissioners are appointed, not elected.  IMO this is not healthy for the community. The commissioners continue to avoid providing full mental health services. In the April election a $325M measure will be on the ballot mostly to fund seismic retrofits.  According to an Executive Laurene Burton, the measure would cost property owners 0.18/1K. 

- B.Yoder

Image of Todd Banks, member of the EvergreenHealth Board of Commissioners in Kirkland, WA.
Kenmore Air president Todd Banks will fill the position previously held by retiring commissioner Jeannette Greenfield
Kirkland, Wash. – EvergreenHealth’s Board of Commissioners formally voted to approve the appointment of Todd Banks to represent the community at-large on the health system’s seven-member governing board.
Banks is president and general manager of the long-standing, family-owned Kenmore Air company. He brings a wealth of professional expertise and community involvement experience that will serve EvergreenHealth in advancing its vision to create an inclusive community health system that is the most trusted source for health care solutions.
“Todd is a respected leader in our greater community and we are pleased to welcome him to the EvergreenHealth Board of Commissioners. Our search and selection process was incredibly extensive and Todd’s professional qualifications, demonstrated commitment to community, and ability to solve pressing issues make him a valuable addition to our board,” said Al DeYoung, EvergreenHealth Board of Commissioners chairperson.
Banks joined Kenmore Air in 1992 and has been its president since 2008. Over more than two decades, he’s helped grow the Kenmore-based airline to become the largest seaplane airline in the United States, connecting passengers to dozens of destinations across the Puget Sound region and British Columbia.
Prior to joining the Board of Commissioners, Banks was named to EvergreenHealth’s Strategic Planning and Construction Committee, where he has served as a community member volunteer since 2015. In addition, he has served as a school board director for the Northshore School District, a board member of the Washington State Aerospace Futures Alliance and has been part of the Woodinville Rotary, the Kenmore Economic Development Committee, as well as other community organizations.
He earned a degree in economics from the University of Oregon and is a lifelong Northwest resident, currently residing on the Eastside with his wife and three children.
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. Banks has been named to the Board to hold a position previously filled by Jeannette Greenfield, who announced her decision to retire earlier this year. Banks current term runs through December 31, 2019, and he will have the option to declare his candidacy for re-election in November of that year.
Alongside EvergreenHealth’s current board members, Al DeYoung, Board Chair; Minerva Butler, Board Secretary; Rebecca Hirt; Tim McLaughlin; Charles Pilcher, M.D.; and Virgil Snyder, Banks will provide governance and accountability for EvergreenHealth’s mission, vision and purpose, quality, service and overall effectiveness, through collaboration with and by providing counsel to leadership.
EvergreenHealth is committed to growing alongside its expanding community. As part of its 10-year Master Facilities Plan, it is keeping pace with the community’s growth by upgrading facilities and infrastructure to ensure its ability to provide care in the safest environment. To learn more, visit

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