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Nine seek hospital board seat

by Christy Chalmers

Nine people are seeking seats on a new medical advisory board Carson-Tahoe Hospital is creating.

The Minden Medical Center Advisory Board will replace a liaison group that disbanded in July after C-TH decided to lease operation of the Minden Medical Center urgent care facility to a private group. C-TH had been losing money on the emergency facility, which moved from a small Gardnerville office when the hospital opened the medical complex in 1998.

Members of the liaison board, in existence since 1981, said they thought profit would become a priority with a private emergency room operator, overshadowing their primary concern of advising hospital trustees about Douglas County’s health care needs.

Hospital trustees, however, have emphasized they want a community-based group to advise them on the county’s needs. Hospital trustees are scheduled to select new committee members Thursday night.

The candidates are Linda Turria, a certified public accountant who also serves on the county rate making committee and the library board; Ron Pierini, the sheriff; Jay Lather, a planning commission member and golf course manager, and Scott Smith, a Realtor. Drs. Joseph Heflin, Patrick Gunn, Steven Brown, and Kent Skogerson join Kenneth Garber, convention services manager at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe, to complete the list.

As of Tuesday afternoon, no decisions on the size of the new liaison board had been made. The trustees met Tuesday night for a discussion on the new group’s mission, as well as the hospital’s plan for Minden Medical Center.

The hospital board meets starting 4:30 p.m. Thursday, but the appointments probably won’t be considered until later in the evening. The meeting will be at the Pinon Plaza conference center, 2171 Highway 50 E., Carson City.