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HRRMC Board Election

Board of Directors Election Information

Official election results

The election results on the document below have been certified by the Chaffee County Canvass Board.

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Meet our newly elected board members

Three-year term board members

bill alderton

Bill Alderton

Current occupation: Retired Chaffee County Judge. I am still a practicing attorney part-time.

Career experience:

Chaffee County Judge - 31 years

Attorney, Private practice and district attorney's office - 30 years representing local government entities, including Town of Poncha Springs and Buena Vista Sanitation District

Previous board experience:

  • Board member of New Salida Ditch - present
  • Board member of Salida School District - 5 years

Key initiatives you feel strongly about that pertain to HRRMC:

  • I am committed to government being open and transparent. I believe my experience working with local governments will help with that process. The Hospital is currently in very good financial condition and I am committed to maintaining that position.
  • The Hospital has plans for an urgent care facility in Salida. I support this effort as it will allow people with urgent health care issues to get medical treatment without the cost of a visit to the emergency room. I also support the outlying clinics in Coaldale, Saguache, Custer County and Buena Vista.
  • All employers are experiencing trouble attracting and retaining staff. HRRMC is aware of the issue and the Board needs to continue to address this problem.

Dean Edwards

Current occupation: Retired

Education background: B.S., M.S., Computer Science, California State University

Career experience:

  • 17 years, VP of Analytic Product Development, FICO (Credit Score company)
  • 13 years, IT Director, two Colorado Springs-based nonprofit organizations

Previous board experience:

  • Current appointed member of HRRMC Board of Directors - 1 year
  • Current Chairman, Finance Committee of HRRMC Board of Directors - 1 year
  • Current Member, Finance Committee of HRRMC Board of Directors - 3 years
  • Current Trustee, Town of Poncha Springs - 7 years

Key initiatives you feel strongly about that pertain to HRRMC:

  • As the Hospital District population continues to grow, the Hospital needs to add healthcare services to minimize the need for patients to go elsewhere for their care.
  • Maintain fiscal responsibility in Hospital operations
  • Review pricing policy to address affordability for patients lacking adequate insurance
  • Address housing affordability issues for current and future employees
  • Determine whether HRRMC can help bring about needed Senior Living/Healthcare facilities beyond skilled nursing care

lydia segal
Ms. Lydia Segal, M.D., MPH

Current occupation: Health counselor, focus is on men’s and women’s health (private practice)

Co-teacher for men’s and women's health programs at HRRMC (volunteer)

COVID-19 Q&A columnist for local newspapers (volunteer)

Education background: B.A., Journalism, University of Arizona; B.S., General Biology, University of Arizona; M.D., University of Arizona College of Medicine; MPH, Johns Hopkins University

Additional education:
  • Certification in Sexual Health Counseling, University of Michigan
  • Certification in Acupuncture, Helm's Institute

Career experience:

  • Family Practice physician in Virginia and North Carolina - 35 years
  • Founded and chaired an Integrative Medicine Center for a large multi-specialty HMO - 10 years
  • Founded and lead a cognitive behavioral chronic pain program - 10 years
  • Consultant for program development in third world countries for global non-profits
  • General assignment reporter in Arizona - 2 years

Previous board experience:

Clinical Guidelines Committee; Interdisciplinary Chronic Pain Committee; Chronic Disease Self Management Committee; Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee; Physician’s Wellness Committee; Global Health Committee

Key initiatives you feel strongly about that pertain to HRRMC: Taking care of patients, not customers.

  • As a family physician, I’ve worked my entire career to ensure that care is tailored to people's individual needs and goals. In that regard, my tenure on the board would encompass:
  • Focusing on quality of care by medical, nursing and allied health staff for improved patient outcomes
  • Increase functionality of electronic medical record systems
  • Maximize telemedicine to improve access to health care to reach all people in the hospital district, especially those in remote and underserved areas
  • Enhance services for older persons to strive to be healthy
  • Maintain financial responsibility to enhance medical services
  • Expand community based health education programs to educate and raise awareness of critical public and personal health issues
  • Assess the needs of the community and develop services and programs to meet those needs

One-year term nominees
Ms. Susan Dunn

Current occupation: Business consultant

Education background: CPA, not currently in practice. B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration

Career experience:

Auditor and CPA, now business consultant

Previous board experience:

Several years of serving on HOA Board and Chaffee County Council of the Arts Board

Key initiatives you feel strongly about that pertain to HRRMC:

Housing, and the required resources involved with housing in Chaffee County.

*Please note: Each nominee was provided the same requirements and questions to answer. Responses are provided here verbatim, with the exception of slight formatting for website optimization.