Wallin, Fey seek another term

Two members of the WhidbeyHealth board of commissioners up for re-election confirmed they will be seeking another term.

Board President Ron Wallin and Secretary Nancy Fey said they want to help restore the public’s confidence in the health system, which recently weathered unexpected financial losses and a change in leadership.

CEO Geri Forbes, hired about four years ago, informed the board in March that she intended to retire July 1. Last month, it was announced she’d resigned and chief financial officer, Ron Telles, was named interim chief operating officer. He’s expected to be appointed to the position permanently at the May 13 board meeting.

Commissioners of the Whidbey Island Public Hospital District oversee policy of the public hospital that is owned by the public and partially financed by taxes.

“I want to see WhidbeyHealth with a good plan going forward and to get the staff and public involved in the direction that we need to go,” said Wallin, who represents District 3. He added that, if he’s elected for his third term, it will be his last.

Fey, initially appointed to fill a vacancy in 2013 and then elected to the position, said she wants the public to be better informed about the positive attributes of WhidbeyHealth.

“It has one of the lowest surgical infection rates in the state,” Fey said. “None of that seems to get noticed. I want to work on the image that’s out there that isn’t valid.”

Now that the completion of the hospital’s $50-million wing addition and renovations in the old building are complete, Wallin said the systems’ long range strategic plan needs to be the top priority.

Candidate filing week is May 13-17.

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