REVAMP AT OMC FOUNDATION: What — and who — is the foundation?
Olympic Medical Center Foundation
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By Paul Gottlieb
Peninsula Daily News
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OMC, which also receives property taxes from local residents, operates Olympic Memorial Hospital, Olympic Medical Cancer Center and Olympic Medical Sleep Center, both in Sequim; plus 10 primary, specialty, orthopedic, surgery and walk-in clinics in Port Angeles and Sequim.
The foundation says on its website, www.omhf.org, that it acts as a conduit for donations for “state-of-the-art equipment and patient services.”
The executive director is Bruce Skinner, who grew up in Port Angeles and has held the position for 24 years.
Leftover sponsorship money can be donated to OMC or be used to cover foundation overhead, said Karen Rogers, president of the OMC Foundation board of directors.
The foundation has one full-time employee — Skinner — and two part-timers.
Skinner's salary and benefits in 2014 are $83,731 (compared with $81,908 in 2013).
Skinner said in a recent interview that he spends an average of 40 hours a week working as executive director, with 30 hours spent at the foundation offices located at 928 Caroline St., across from Olympic Medical Center.
He also spends time in Arizona teaching event management 14 nights a year at Arizona State and does event-management consulting, mostly in Washington and Arizona, he said.
As a salaried foundation employee, Skinner said he does not keep a log of his hours.
Skinner said he uses some of his vacation time for his Arizona trips.
“I make sure I am spending 75 percent of my time in the office and working 40 hours a week” for the foundation, he said.
“This is all approved by the executive committee.”
The nine-person executive committee, selected by the board of directors, was formed in 2013 after concerns were raised by the 10 foundation donors, including donor and former foundation Associate Director Sara Maloney.
The executive committee is a subgroup of a 47-person board of directors.
The committee's members are Rogers; Jim Jones of Port Angeles, Clallam County administrator; Tom Curry of Port Angeles, clinic manager at Family Medicine in Port Angeles and owner of Barhop Brewing, where an OMC Foundation fundraiser will be held Saturday; Certified Public Accountant Duane Wolfe of Port Angeles, the committee treasurer; Sherry Phillips of Sequim, a homemaker; Jerry Hendricks of Port Angeles, a former Port of Port Angeles executive director; Joe Cammack of Port Angeles, owner of Jim's Pharmacy and the son of retired pharmacist and OMC Commissioner Jim Cammack; Phil Walker of Sequim, a retired Illinois hospital administrator and the board secretary; and Mary Irwin of Port Angeles, co-owner with her husband, Todd, of Irwin Dental in Port Angeles.
Skinner said the committee, which meets monthly, oversees the day-to-day operations of the OMC Foundation, while the board is “a fundraising board” that meets three times a year.
Decisions on the OMC Foundation are made by a majority of executive committee members present if there is a quorum.
The full board meets three times a year and approves the OMC Foundation's annual budget.
Skinner's compensation and the names of board members are contained in public Form 990 documents that the foundation files annually with the IRS.
Form 990s from 2010-2012 are available at www.guidestar.org, a public charity that collects, organizes and presents information on nonprofits.
Rogers would not make available a copy of the new bylaws.
“The bylaws are not public, nor are they legally required to be public,” Rogers said.
Board members, including Rogers, receive no compensation.
Rogers became president-elect of the board for a one-year term in July 2012.
She was elected by the board to be president in July 2013.
The board changed the bylaws to extend the term of all board members through December 2014 to coincide with the calendar year, which is the foundation's budget year, Skinner said.
The board of directors' names are listed on a public document, the foundation's annual Form 990 financial report to the IRS, along with compensation paid to employees and other expenditures and revenues.
However, foundation officials resisted releasing the list of board of directors to the 10 donors who requested that information after criticizing foundation spending.
Nine of those donors continue to withhold financial support from the foundation.
After initially refusing to do, foundation officials released a current list of board members to the PDN.
Other members of the board of directors include Bill Ashley, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel; Harbir Bower, vice president and loan officer, Kitsap Bank; Trisa Katsikapes, owner of Trisa and Company Interior Design; Dr. Mark Fischer, a pulmonoligist for OMC's Olympic Medical Physicians in Port Angeles; Casi Fors, a financial consultant; Bill Gellor, owner of Gellor Insurance; Julie Hatch, vice president and branch manager of Columbia Bank; Mary Herbert, retired Dry Creek School principal; Larry Hueth, president and CEO of First Federal; and Kelly Gouge, Kay Hermann, Janis Clevenger and Lindsay Fox.
Board members also include William Payne, Clallam County prosecuting attorney; Dan McKeen, Port Angeles city manager; Sarah Methner, a Port Angeles School Board member; Edna Petersen, a former City Council member; Jessie Long, a branch manager assistant branch manager for First Federal; Bob Lovell, a convenience store owner; Sandy Sinnes, a diabetes educator; Charles Stroeher and retired nurse Joyce Stroeher; Mary Beth Wegener, executive director of the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society; Dan Wilder, general manager of Wilder Auto Center and Wilder Toyota; and Gail Ralston, Joan Isenberger, Dick Kent, Jake Oppelt and Molly Smith.
Other board members are Jamestown S'Klallam Tribal Chairman Ron Allen; Ed Elbling, administrator of Sequim Health and Rehabilitation; Doug Parrish, owner of Doug Parrish Excavating; Bill Littlejohn, owner of Olympic Ambulance; and Art Green.
Attorney Steve Oliver of Port Hadlock also is on the board of directors.
Ex-officio members — who cannot vote — are Eric Lewis, CEO of Olympic Medical Center; John Nutter, an OMC commissioner and a Port Angeles police officer, and Skinner.
John Brewer, publisher of the PDN, Sequim Gazette and Forks Forum, is a former member of the OMC Foundation board.
Last modified: August 16. 2014 8:25PM