Palomar Health board welcomes three new members

Palomar Health board welcomes three new members
The new board of directors for the Palomar Health District determines the direction of the largest public healthcare district in California. Pictured clockwise from back left, Jeff Griffith, Hans Christian Sison, Jerry Kaufman, Ray McCune, Aeron Wickes, Dara Czerwonka and Linda Greer. Courtesy photo

ESCONDIDO — The Palomar Health Board of Directors has three new members after voters elected Hans Christian Sison, Ray McCune and Dara Czerwonka on Nov. 4.

Jerry Kaufman was re-elected to his position.

The board of directors develops and fulfills Palomar Health’s mission and vision statement for the district, which is the largest public health district in the state.

The board is responsible for oversight, implantation of policies and monitoring the organization’s performance of strategic direction. Members also review and approve financial policies.

The members were sworn in at the district’s December meeting.

Current member Linda Greer was sworn in as chair, Jeff Griffith was sworn in as vice- chair, new member Czerwonka was named secretary and Kaufman was sworn in as treasurer.

Aeron Wickes also serves as a director on the board.

Ted Kleiter, Stephen Yerxa and Bruce Krider will be leaving the board.

“Palomar Health is fortunate to have had such great leaders at the helm of our healthcare district,” said Bob Hemker, Palomar Health chief executive officer. “Their commitment to the community has been unprecedented and they have paved the road to success for our new board. I look forward to working with the new and returning board of directors in the coming years to continue to grow and excel for the community we serve.”

Yerxa served on the board for four years and was the vice-chair.

Krider lived in the district for 25 years and served on the board for almost half that time, 12 years.

He was instrumental in the passing of Proposition BB, which approved the development of the new Palomar Medical Center. He leaves his post as chair of the board.

The longest serving board member, Klierter, has been on the board since 1996.

“Ted Kleiter’s selfless commitment and service to Palomar Health over the past 50 years has been remarkable,” said Hemker. “With his leadership, Palomar Health has achieved many accomplishments that have helped shape the healthcare district. Palomar Health would not be where it is today without the hard work and dedication of Mr. Kleiter.”

The district serves over 500,000 residents, with facilities in Escondido, Rancho Penasquitos, San Elijo Hills, Poway and Temecula.

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