Palomar Health's board of directors is running for election on November 8

Palomar Health’s board of directors is running for election on November 8

Two areas in Palomar Health District including Poway, Rancho Bernardo and 4S Ranch have candidates in the November 8 elections.

Palomar Health is the district’s public health district. It covers 800 square miles in North San Diego County and is served by two hospitals, Palomar Poway Medical Center and Palomar Escondido Medical Center. It also has a skilled nursing facility, The Villas at Poway.

The district is represented by seven elected officials who serve for four-year terms on its board of directors, based on their domiciles in geographic areas. Individual districts are up for election this fall. To see a neighborhood district map, visit tinyurl.com/PHzones.

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Three candidates are vying for the District 5 seat. The incumbents are John Clark, Alejandro Paz and Hans Christian M. Sison. The area covers most of the Poway; Part of the east and southeast side of Rancho Bernardo, east of Interstate 15; Mount Carmel Farm and Saber Springs.

John Clark

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What should be done in the current situation John ClarkHe is a 70-year-old resident of Powai. Owning and operating a business in the healthcare field for over 40 years, he is the founder and CEO of Global Cancer Technology.

“It’s a biopharma company that is developing a drug for brain cancer and breast cancer,” Clark said. “At the same time, I am developing additional medical technologies to make healthcare a top priority.”

Clark received his Bachelor of Science in Pre-Medical Studies from the University of Scranton.

He has served for four years on the Palomar Board. He also served as Chairman of the Finance Committee.

“I’ve learned a lot about the operations of Palomar Health, California’s largest public health district, and I hope to serve the community as a director of the board of directors over the next four years,” Clark said.

“I deeply care about our citizens getting reliable, high-quality healthcare from their local hospitals. I have known many doctors, nurses, and caretakers and I greatly appreciate their dedication and commitment to our well-being. I want to make our hospital system known as a place where patients can expect quality healthcare in their all the times “.

According to Clark, the top three issues facing the Palomar Health District are maintaining the quality of health care, conservative financial management that includes more transparency in all financial disclosures and reporting obligations, and better, independent board oversight when advising hospital management and the CEO.

Clark said, “It has proven that I am striving for the best healthcare options facing the community. I have a deep background in the hospital/medical industry and can combine this experience with the knowledge I have accumulated as a Director of the Board of Directors over the past four years. I can provide the leadership needed to make a Corrective changes within the hospital system and I enjoy the support of the many doctors, nurses and staff at Palomar.”

Clark’s campaign website is johnclarkforpalomarhealth.com.

Dr. Alejandro Paz

Dr. Alejandro Paz

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Alejandro PazHe is 68 years old, a resident of Rancho Bernardo. He is a family physician who practices medicine. Paz received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California San Diego, his medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine, completed his graduate studies at Phoenix Baptist Hospital in family medicine, and received his master’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

He has never served on the board of directors of Palomar Health.

“I have worked as a family physician in Palomar Health District for more than three decades. My practice has allowed me to care for generations of San Diegan, from grandparents to grandchildren, sisters, brothers, and everyone in between,” Paz said. “As a physician, I am more than just a medical professional for the patients I take care of. My experience as a trusted advocate and problem solver will serve the Board well. I am committed to putting the interests of the people Palomar serves first.”

Paz said the three biggest issues facing the health district are the need to “implement strategies to strengthen healthcare staff, deliver quality patient experiences and improve access to care. Between technological advancements and rising healthcare costs for patients, Palomar faces a highly competitive environment.”

“Patients are looking for a comfortable experience when it comes to their health,” Paz said. “Reducing wait times and ensuring patients do not feel in a hurry is critical to delivering a high-quality experience. Palomar will need to rely on consistent quality to attract and retain patients.”

“For three years in a row, Newsweek has chosen Palomar Health as the best hospital in the world, and I am committed to building on this recognition and many others to continue the tradition of excellence we depend on,” Paz said. “If elected, I will be the only physician on the board, who will provide an important perspective to the leadership of the district.”

Baz campaign website is worldsbesthospitalpalomar.com/paz.

Hans Christian Sisson

Hans Christian Sisson

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Hans Christian M. Sisson, 55, a resident of Powai. He is a licensed nurse and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lyceum Northwestern University.

He was elected to serve a four-year term on the Palomar Health Board, which he did from 2014 to 2018.

“I served on the Palomar Health board for four years and (I am) a former Army veteran,” Sisson said. “I will continue to fulfill my commitment to serve the people and patients in my community.”

According to Sisson, the top three issues for Palomar Health are the lack of investment directed at Palomar Poway Hospital, the lack of staff as well as the affordability and accessibility of healthcare.

“I will fight to keep services open at Palomar Poway Hospital and advocate for well-equipped and well-trained staff for the benefit of patients in my community,” Sison said.

As of press time, Sison does not have a campaign website.

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In the District 7 race, there are two candidates – incumbent Linda Greer and Carol Weir. The area includes 4S Ranch, the southern part of Poway, Del Sur, Santaluz, and Rancho Peñasquitos.

Linda Greer

Linda Greer

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What should be done in the current situation Linda Greer, 69, a resident of Powai. She is a Registered Nurse who graduated from School of Nursing at Palomar College.

She was a board member of Palomar Health from 2004 to 2014 and was elected again for another four years in 2018. She is currently the chairperson of the board.

“As a registered nurse, patient advocate and mother of nine children, I first joined the Board of Directors to bring a unique perspective. I have spent 40 years of my career focusing on caring for people, no matter who they are, where they are from or their personal circumstances.

“I am particularly proud of my work in supporting support services for victims of abuse in order to provide hope and healing to survivors,” Jarir added. “It is a great honor for me to continue working for you.”

According to Greer, the three biggest problems facing Palomar Health are financial stability, workforce stability, and access to quality care. She said Palomar is California’s largest health care district, yet only 3 percent of taxpayers are funded. “Financial experience overseeing a large integrated company is essential to improving healthcare,” she said.

Additionally, she said, the shortage of healthcare workers is causing significant impacts on patient access, so staffing must remain a top priority. Maintaining the quality of care and patient safety is a top priority.

“Palomar Hospital needs experienced and motivated leaders to ensure the region’s survival for future generations,” said Jarir. “Under my leadership, Palomar Health has been nationally recognized as one of the 250 Best Hospitals in America and has made Newsweek’s List of Best Hospitals in the World for the third year in a row. Our healthcare system has emerged from a pandemic that is financially viable, with excellence in safety, and strengths stable workforce and plans to bring in innovative technology and more comprehensive patient care.”

Jarir campaign website worldsbesthospitalpalomar.com/lindagreer.

Carol Weir

Carol Weir

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Carol Weir, 54, a resident of 4S Ranch. Self-employed, community volunteer and fundraiser. Ware holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Organizational Management.

She has never served on the Palomar Health Board.

“Our nearest trauma hospital must have high-quality medical staff and equipped with the latest life-saving technology,” she said. “I am concerned to learn from medical professionals that the quality of patient care has deteriorated over the past few years, particularly in the emergency department.

“As a member of the board of directors, I will represent the taxpayer and ensure that Palomar Hospital’s focus returns to providing high-quality patient care at the expense of profits,” she said.

She said the three biggest issues facing Palomar Health are issues of staffing, transparency and financial responsibility and the need to expand services.

“The current shortage of nurses, doctors and general staff has negatively impacted the quality of patient care, resulting in low morale for nurses and doctors, and unacceptably long wait times in the emergency room,” Ware said.

She said transparency and financial responsibility should come from hospital leadership and the Palomar Health Board of Directors. As for expanding services, she said this includes cardiovascular, oncology and cognitive disorders, which can be done “by attracting and retaining experienced nurses and doctors, and improving the emergency room and trauma care.”

“As a community leader, small business owner and taxpayer, I share your desire to stop wasted spending, and I expect our trauma hospital to be fully equipped and ready to serve our community,” Ware said. “Whether Palomar Health is your primary care or just your nearest trauma hospital, I will work for you to ensure our board continues to focus on improving the quality of patient care, morale, and hospital staff experiences.”

ware campaign website is wareforpalomarhealth.com.


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