Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Transparency Lacks At EvergreenHealth Hospital, A Public Tax District

EvergreenHealth Public Hospital District No. 2

Check this out:  Here's some vital Public meeting information (in red) that the Administration doesn't openly provide.  I had to make a Public Record Request to find the meeting time for the  Board's Business Meeting where public comment is taken.   


Public Board Meetings are located in the "Public Tan 250 room" first floor of the Surgery and Physician Pavilion.  Public comment is taken Third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m.  Call 425- 899-1000 to confirm times. 

EvergreenHealth's Board of Commissioners meet publically several times each month:
  • The first Tuesday of the month is a Study Session, which is to consider matters for later decision by the Board and other information pertinent to the District. Begins at 5:30 p.m.  No comment period.
  • The third Tuesday of the month at 6:30PM is the Board's "Business" Meeting. Board and takes official action on matters before it.  Public comment is taken at 6:30 pm. Call 425-899-1000 to confirm.

Location:  Room Tan 250  Located in the EvergreenHealth Surgery & Physicians Building, located at EvergreenHealth Medical Center. To confirm public meetings call: 425-899-1000

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"Participation is the foundation of Open Government

Photography and video-recording are forbidden in Board chambers. The website isn't clear.
Hospital commissioners do not participate in community events other than to raise
 money.  Five of the seven commissioners are appointed, not elected. Appointees don't 
 represent the public; they have no constituents.  Budget Hearings are held at 
7AM with 2-week Seattle Times newspaper notice.

Open Government

"By enabling the public to observe the workings of government, Open Government helps them hold the government accountable. In addition, enhanced public participation can result in more informed and better government policies, practices and decisions, and in more responsive, innovative and effective governance and services."

EvergreenHealth Public Hospital District No.2 government is NOT Open.

-- Bob Yoder, Opinion, 7/26/2022

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