Filing period open for health care candidates
by Maddy Houk
Aug 02, 2012 | 800 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The candidate nomination period for three seats on the Del Puerto Health Care District board will run through 5 p.m. Aug. 10, a Friday, for both challengers and incumbents.

Board President Anne Stokman and Trustee Jeannette Kessler, whose terms end in December, have announced plans to run again for four-year terms. Trustee Fred Beltran, who is serving his first two-year term, said he had not made a decision as of Tuesday, July 31. .

Kessler returned her candidacy forms to the Stanislaus County Board of Elections in Modesto on Monday, July 30.

Kessler, a former Patterson city planning commissioner and former Patterson branch manager of Tri Counties Bank, joined the board in July 2003. She said she wanted to be re-elected to continue expanding health care options on the West Side.

“Now that we have successfully completed our first phase of purchasing and moving our clinic to a larger facility, I would like to assist in our next phase of bringing in additional medical services to meet some of the needs of our community,” Kessler said.

The health care district purchased a building at 1700 Keystone Pacific Parkway in fall of 2010 with a $2.1 million Loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Division. The remodel of the new health care center took more than a year and the facility opened at the beginning of March 2012. Besides family practice doctors, the health board has been trying to get specialists such as cardiologists to join the staff at the facility.

Stokman, a registered nurse who is serving her first four-year term, said Del Puerto Health Care District had seen substantial changes and growth in the past four years.

“I feel very fortunate to serve on the board with very qualified and committed individuals,” Stokman said. “We are looking forward to the future and building additional health care services for the West Side. We now have an excellent administration team to bring us there.

“I feel my work on the board is not finished yet, and I would like to continue to serve and represent our community.”

Del Puerto Health Care District, formed after Del Puerto Hospital closed in 1998, aims to provide health care to residents of the West Side of Stanislaus County. The district runs Del Puerto Health Center and Patterson District Ambulance Co.

Potential candidates must be registered voters in the health care district to run for office. The district boundaries are from Highway 132 south to Crows Landing, and from the San Joaquin River to the east and the county line in the hills above Interstate 5 to the west. The District serves the City of Patterson, as well as Crows Landing, Grayson, Westley and Diablo Grande, which is approximately 10 miles southwest of the City of Patterson.

Candidacy forms are available at the Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters office, 1021 I St., Ste. 101, in Modesto.

For information: 525-5200

•Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or maddy@pattersonirrigator.com.
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