There seems to be tremendous misunderstanding regarding the role, duties and powers of a public hospital district commissioner, as evidenced by a recent letter to the editor opposing candidate Ann Marie Henninger.
Thankfully, the law is clear about what a commissioner can and cannot do … see RCW 70.44.060 “Powers and Duties.”
The core responsibility of each commissioner is to promote the best interests of the public by overseeing the management of the district’s business and community operations.
Henninger considers Olympic Medical Center to be a community treasure, worthy of protection, preservation, and advocacy. She considers it a high-priority that control of our public hospital district remain local for the benefit of district citizens.
As a registered nurse, Henninger believes all patients should have access to medical services. She, along with all commissioners, will uphold every applicable local, state, and federal law.
Henninger is the most qualified candidate, due in large part to her nursing background, as well as her regular attendance at board meetings for nearly two years.
She will represent and be accountable to every citizen of Public Hospital District Number 2.
Ken and Mary Brown,