I would like to congratulate Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center for their well publicized and open hospital board election. The quality of the candidates is one of the positive results of such an open process. Charlie Forester and Marilyn Bouldin will be great board members largely due to the different perspectives and experiences they will bring to their duties. The board will now get down to the work of representing all of us in the hospital district.
It is undeniable that health care is something we will all need sooner or later. The HRRMC Board understands this and knows its job is to balance the health of the institution along with the health of its community members. Every board from Salida’s City Council to the Chaffee County Commission needs to have a similar awareness. An important obligation of any elected official is to represent all their citizens and it is our job as voters to hold all our representatives to that standard.
Because of the electorate’s choices, the hospital board has broad experience and background. It is now ready to represent all of us in the hospital district. As we enter the local election season ask yourself, “Do the other elected boards have a large enough view of who they represent to make decisions for all of us?” If you feel you are under-represented, now is the time to consider how you could help change that lack of representation.