Mammoth Hospital board members appointed to seats


(Press Release)  Three of the Southern Mono Healthcare District (SMHD) Board of Director Board terms expired on November 30, 2012.  There were only three candidates who submitted applications for those positions; an election was not required.

At the November 20, 2012 Mono County Board of Supervisors meeting, Helen Shepherd, Dr. Maria King, and Dr. Stephen Swisher were appointed to the three vacant Board seats in lieu of an election. All three will hold a four-year term ending on November 30, 2016.

The three new Board members were sworn in early in December and took their seats on December 20, 2012 at the regular meeting of the SMHD Board meeting. The SMHD Board will appoint the officers at their annual meeting that will be held January 17, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. in the A & B Conference Rooms at Mammoth Hospital.


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6 Responses to Mammoth Hospital board members appointed to seats

  1. Jojo December 28, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    Lisa,Lisa,Lisa, “dig deeper”? It’s a healhcare district for goodness sakes. The only conflict would be pay or contracting issues with a “perceived” benefit. Decision makers can recuse themselves @ that time & do. He is a great doctor & ridiculously smart so I am glad he is willing to serve.

  2. Lisa December 26, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    It is a shame that Dr. Swisher arrogantly decided to take his seat despite a clear and overwhelming conflict of interest with his wife being a contracted physician with the hospital. Some people feel they are above the law I guess.

    • Benett Kessler December 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

      Hospital officials made it clear that Dr. Swisher explained the exception to the rule in small districts and rural areas that have a hard time filling seats because of limited resources. He will be excused when there is an issue that is a conflict, ie: pertaining to his wife.

      We will note that there were not enough candidates who came forward for the hospital seats to actually conduct an election. The three were appointed.

      Benett Kessler

      • Ken Warner December 26, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

        I know Dr. Swisher — he’s a very good physician. Who better to understand the needs of patients?

        Lisa/s concerns are unfounded.

      • lisa December 27, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

        Dig a little deeper Benett, dig a little deeper!


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