Park Hospital District Election We Need Strong, Competent Leadership
To The Editor:
On May 6, 2014, there is an election that will help set the future direction for our hospital/medical center, EPMC. The Park Hospital District has three Board positions on which you are eligible to vote. One of the positions is uncontested with the incumbent running. The other two are for four-year terms. Three individuals are contesting those two positions. They are Sandy Begley, Chuck Levine and Chris Reveley. All three have very clear and distinctly different qualifications and backgrounds. I believed the two most qualified are Sandy Begley and Chuck Levine.
Sandy and Chuck clearly have the credentials required to judiciously guide the EMPC Board and Administration. Chris, on the other hand, has a distinctly different background and stated agenda. Let’s take a quick look at some of the key differences:
Sandy and Chuck have career backgrounds that total over 60 combined years of business and executive management experience, strategic planning and high level business decision-making with team-building experience. Chris, as an anesthesiologist, has 10 years of experience working in hospitals and surgical centers and 44 years of experience in mountaineering and endurance athletics.
Sandy and Chuck have proven financial management skills. Sandy, as a Controller, who served on the executive management team for a Hewlett Packard division, helped grow that division from $100,000,000 to $1,000,000,000 (yes that is ‘billion’). Chuck, as a high-level manager of a major Federal agency, was responsible for a budget of over $50 million annually. It should be noted that EPMC’s budget for 2014 is $63 million. Chris, as an anesthesiologist, has 10 years of experience working in hospitals and surgical centers as well as 44 years of experience in mountaineering and endurance athletics.
Sandy and Chuck have shown passion and dedication for EPMC’s chosen mission and direction. Their united experience provides substantial evidence of the kind of strong and positive leadership necessary to ensuring the viability and stability that EPMC must have as it moves forward. Chris, with the professional background of an anesthesiologist and lifelong interest in mountaineering and endurance athletics, passionately fought against the proposal that the EPMC become involved with Anschutz Wellness Center project, a position which he argued forcibly time and again in a variety of public forums, and in the press. He insisted that the EMPC was on the wrong track by seeking to partner with University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center in Aurora. He also insisted that the EMPC leadership was flawed.
Once you review the qualifications and backgrounds of these three individuals, the differences among them are clear. Sandy Begley and Chuck Levine undeniably have the kind of strong business background and experience required of Board leadership for an increasingly complex $63 million organization. Of equal importance, they have demonstrated a passion for the EPMC and the new direction that the EMPC has chosen to take—a path forward for which the voters provided an overwhelming mandate on April 1. They are precisely the kind of qualified leaders needed to take the Estes Park Medical Center on its next important step into the future.
I strongly encourage all of you to vote this coming May 6 (at the Estes Park Town Hall). And to vote for Sandy Begley and Chuck Levine for the 2 – four year Board of Directors seats.
Estes Park, CO