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Public Hospital District No. 2

Proposition No. 1
Increase in Number of Board Members from Five to Seven

The Board of Commissioners of King County Public Hospital District No. 2 (EvergreenHealth) adopted Resolution No. 877-16 concerning a proposition to increase the number of members on its Board of Commissioners. If approved, this proposition would increase the number of commissioners from five to seven.

Should this measure be approved?



King County Public Hospital District No. 2 d/b/a EvergreenHealth (also known as Evergreen Hospital) was formed by approval of the voters in 1967 and since that time has been governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners (“Board”). Washington law (RCW 70.44) allows up to seven Board members if approved by the voters and this ballot measure requests that approval. The Board has accountability for the District and the operations and quality of care provided by EvergreenHealth, including its hospitals, medical group practices, home care and all other areas of care and service. Passage of this measure will allow EvergreenHealth to enhance governance effectiveness and representation in the community.

The Board recognizes that given the important and complex nature of healthcare, effective governance oversight is necessary to help assure the provision of appropriate, high quality and cost-effective health care services, the development of strategic partnerships, adequacy of healthcare facilities and technology, and maintenance of sound financial performance for the District. Expansion of the Board to seven members will support these responsibilities. As EvergreenHealth, and its community, continue to grow in size, diversity, and complexity, adding two commissioners to the Board will help the existing Board fulfill its governance responsibilities with added expertise and a broader mix of skills and leadership styles among Commissioners.

Passage of this measure will have no impact on or change to the District’s tax levy, which has not changed for over 10 years.

For questions about this measure, contact: Laurene H. Burton, Executive Director - Governance, 425-899-2667,

EvergreenHealth has been our community's trusted source for hospital and other health care since 1972.

As our community has grown from 22,000 to over 300,000 residents, EvergreenHealth too has grown – greatly expanding medical and other health services, as well as physician practices. Now, EvergreenHealth is a large two-hospital system in a public hospital district, operating in an extremely complex health care environment and providing care to nearly 600,000 people each year.

However, EvergreenHealth's five-member elected governing Board has not expanded since the District was formed in 1967. By comparison, a health system of EvergreenHealth's size and scope would normally have as many as 10-15 Board members.

Expansion of the Board of Commissioners will help provide EvergreenHealth the governance and oversight required to continue its 44-year legacy of exceptional care and health services to our community, and approval will have no impact on the District's tax levy.

As the community grows in size, diversity and complexity, increasing the Board by two members will mirror that growth and help continue to meet the needs and broaden the viewpoint and representation of the community.

We urge you to vote "yes."

Submitted by: Shirley Ferguson, Bill Woods, Dave Witt

No statement submitted.

Statements in favor of and in opposition to a ballot measure are submitted by committees appointed by the jurisdiction. No persons came forward to serve on the committee and to write a statement in opposition. If you would like to be involved with a committee in the future please contact the jurisdiction.

Simple majority (RCW 70.44.054)

For questions about this measure, contact: Laurene H. Burton, Executive Director - Governance, 425-899-2667,


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