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Deadline for hospital board nominations is March 2

The Salida Hospital District has issued a call for nominations for three open seats on the board of directors of Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center. The board election will be held on Tuesday, May 8.

Board directors serve four-year terms and are term-limited after eight years. Board members Debbie Farrellballot box, Dr. Harry Payton and Tom Eve will complete their first four-year term in May 2018 and are up for re-election. The other board members, Jeff Post and Jean Moltz, have served two years of their first four-year term and are not up for re-election.

“HRRMC is a large, very complex business operating in a challenging environment for health care,” said Debbie Farrell, board chairman. “The current board has outlined five characteristics which we believe are important for new board members. These include:

  • the ability and willingness to put in a substantial amount of time;
  • an ability to put the needs of the hospital and the district ahead of any personal agendas;
  • a strong sense of ethics;
  • an ability to understand the complexities of the hospital business to a level that will allow substantive input into the oversight of hospital management;
  • an ability both to listen and to articulate points of view clearly.

“In addition to these personal characteristics, the current board has identified certain skill sets that should be represented on the board,” said Farrell. “Most board members should have managerial experience; financial and health care knowledge are also critical skills we need to have well represented on the board. In addition, construction management, given the necessary facility expansions, and information-technology skills, with the increasing importance of IT infrastructure and security, would be valuable."

Hospital board directors serve on a volunteer basis and do not receive compensation for their services.

Eligible electors in the Salida Hospital District may nominate themselves as a candidate for the office of hospital board director. The Self-Nomination and Acceptance form is available by clicking on the Hospital Board Election button on the home page of the hospital's website,, or by calling the designated election official, Juanita Ward, at (719) 530-2231.

The completed Self-Nomination and Acceptance forms may be hand-delivered to Juanita Ward in the hospital's administrative office or by mailing them to her at HRRMC, P.O. Box 429, Salida, CO 81201. The deadline for receipt of the Self-Nomination and Acceptance forms is prior to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 2.

For more information, call (719) 530-2231.