Six seek Whidbey General Hospital board position

Whidbey General Hospital commissioners are scheduled to interview and choose a new commissioner the morning of Friday, June 15.

The appointee will replace Dr. Paul Zaveruha, who quit the board in April in order to devote more of his time to surgery.

Six candidates for the position submitted resumes. The candidates have to live in District 2, which covers Central Whidbey.

Among the candidates is Dr. Mark Borden, a Coupeville resident and currently an emergency room physician at Swedish Hospital. Borden has become an outspoken critic of Whidbey General Hospital administration, and particularly Zaveruha, after leaving his job as the emergency services director. He has said he was forced out of the job.

The other candidates are Robert King, a retired accountant; Georgia Gardner, an accountant; Dennis Bright of Heartfelt Farms; Bill Wiegand, an insurance consultant; and Vin Sherman, an Island County employee.

The special meeting is set for 9 a.m., Friday, June 15 in Conference Room B of the hospital. The hospital commissioners are scheduled to interview the candidates, hold an executive session to evaluate qualifications of the applications and then vote to appoint a new commissioner in the open forum.

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