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Election 2103 - Hospital District 6, Commissioner No. 5

Name: Betty Brueske

Age: 64

Family: Married, two children, one deceased

Occu-pation: Retired educator. Now, a volunteer with GCD Senior Center, GCD Lions Club, American Red Cross.

Career/educational background: MS University of Oregon-Family Counseling. Teaching/school counseling certificates, Heritage College. Mental Health Professional, school counselor and math/reading teacher.

• What is the hospital district’s most pressing concern and how would you address it?

The most pressing concern of Coulee Medical Center is recruiting and retaining quality medical professionals while offering high quality medical services to the community.

• What does the hospital need to do to address changes in medical coverage under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)?

A priority for CMC regarding new legislation affecting health care should be the education of the community about the contents and ramifications of the Affordable Care Act. Individuals and families need guidance on obtaining the right coverage for themselves and their families.

• How would you ensure a financially healthy future for the hospital?

To ensure a financially secure future for CMC, the medical center needs to focus on efficient and effective operations, improved communication with physicians, insurers, and patients, and strong lobbying to ensure lower costs for drugs and medical procedures.

Name: Diane Larson

Age: 66

Family: Widowed mother of two adult sons with a grandson on the way

Occupation: CFO of a local non-profit

Career/educational background: Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Washington. CEO for Idaho non-profit for 10 years, and CFO for Washington State non-profits for 13 years.

Prior management and supervisory experience, as well.

• What is the hospital district’s most pressing concern and how would you address it?

My goal as a commissioner on the hospital board is to review the business strategy as set out by management, and make appropriate suggestions to refine the plan. Then the business of the commission becomes a team effort to select the best strategy, which combines input from all members of the board and management staff.

I would invite members of the district to provide me with their outlooks and opinions so that I might include that information in the process.

• What does the hospital need to do to address changes in medical coverage under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)?

Candidate did not respond.

• How would you ensure a financially healthy future for the hospital?

My strong points are my experience in managing a business and expertise in the financial arena.

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