By Sean Roney
The King City Rustler, July 28, 2010
Nash was voted in and appointed to the Mee Memorial Hospital Board during their July 12 meeting. She said she had not joined any sub-committees yet, and has not served on the board before.
“I got a letter asking if I was interested,” said Nash of how the process began. “My initial reaction was, I don’t know if I know enough about what’s going on to get involved but that’s how you find out what is going on, by getting involved. I spent time talking with Lex Smith about the hospital and what’s going on with the board. Then, I said yes I was interested.”
Describing herself as having had about 25 years in health-related service, Nash said, “I think the community needs a hospital. It’s very important for the community. In general if people are healthy and have a good education, they can live out whatever they set their minds to. Besides providing needed services, it’s a major employer.”
When asked why she felt her membership in the board was valuable, she said, “Boards are policy-setting and the hospital it still struggling out of their troubles mounted over the last ten years or so. I can help get out of there and help keep the hospital running. A lot is letting the community know the hospital is still here and good services are still provided.”
In discussing her own experience that could help with her board service, Nash said, “I’ve got a lot of experience in the clinic management and billing. I can be objective. I try to listen to all sides. I’ve been on a few boards for a while. If I can help I’ll do what I can.”
This week Nash said she is going through an orientation to go through the materials to understand her duties, to understand the bylaws and policies of the board. “It gives you a perspective and lets you remember you’re there not to run the place but to set policy and give ideas when possible,” she said.