County commission to make TMH board appointments

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Several area residents are vying for a seat on The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, including two incumbents seeking an additional term that would extend their tenure until 2012.

The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners is scheduled to make the appointments during the morning session of today's meeting at the Moffat County Courthouse. Appointees will serve five-year terms.

Erin Miller, commissioners administrative assistant, said the commissioners would pick among five candidates to fill the two open seats, including incumbent TMH board members Don Myers and Missy Bonaker.

Bonaker, who replaced her husband, Jack, on the hospital board in 2004, said she likes the direction in which TMH is heading and hopes to remain on the board as it begins work on major projects.

"I've barely gotten my feet wet," Bonaker said. "It's an exciting time. Things were rocky for a while but have taken a great turnaround. I want to be a part of it."

Bonaker serves as the board's secretary/treasurer.

Myers, the board chairman since January 2006, is finishing up his third term. He has 15 years of hospital board experience.

"I hope that my experience and history of knowing the hospital can be of value," he said. He added that services the board used to provide have expanded over the years from "total oversight to strategic thinking for a community-based health care system."

George Rohrich, TMH Chief Executive Officer, said the hospital board will focus on two key issues in 2007, in addition to its regular decision-making responsibilities.

Guiding the hospital through the development process of a proposed new facility and shaping the direction and composition of the medical staff are TMH's biggest priorities this year, the CEO said.

"It could be a very, very busy year," Rohrich said. "There are going to be big chunks of work for the board in 2007."

Physician recruitment -- an area hospital officials began emphasizing in the summer of 2006 -- remains a top priority this year, Rohrich said, and recruitment efforts are continuing.

Building a new facility will be more complicated, he said.

"That's going to be a big piece for them to set their sights on," he said. "For the board, that process is going to include meeting with lots of people in many different forums."

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

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