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Challenger in Marin Healthcare District Race Critical of Future Bond Measure

Would you support a bond measure next year for Marin General Hospital upgrades?

 

Joe Salama, who is running for the Marin Healthcare District board against two incumbents, faces an uphill battle in his attempt to unseat opponents Ann Sparkman and Hank Simmonds in the Nov. 6 election. 

Salama, who unsuccessfully ran for the same position in 2010, has said he wants to make the hospital district’s finances more transparent and has publically critiqued his opponents. He has appeared to take an anti-bond stance in his campaign, according to an article on the Marin Independent Journal.

The district has been polling voters to gauge support for a $350 bond measure that could be on the ballot next year. The fund would help pay for a new hospital building at Marin General, an estimated $500 million project, according to the IJ

On his Facebook page and Patch candidate profile, Salama has positioned himself against the bond. “The district board plans to put a $300-$500M bond/tax on the ballot next year,” he wrote. “We need to re-evaluate expenses.”

Sparkman and Simmonds told the IJ they hope to help win voter approval of the bond next year. The district also has to make sure all of the hospital is seismically sound by 2020.

Here's a quick look at the three candidates for the two open seats on the Marin Healthcare District board in the Nov. 6 election:

Mr. Joseph Salama 

Also known as : Joe
Age : 41
Place of residence : San Rafael, CA
College : UC Berkeley
Degree : BA in Economics
Year of graduation : 1993

Graduate School: Boston University School of Law
Area of research : Dispute Resolution
Year of graduation : 1996

Party affiliation : Libertarian
Previous elective offices : NA

Website : http://www.salama4health.com
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/salama4health

 

Ms. Ann Sparkman

Age : 59
Place of residence : 6 Endeavor Drive, Corte Madera CA 94925
College : University of California, Berkeley
Degree : Bachelor in Zoology
Year of graduation : 1975

Grad school: University of San Francisco Law School
Area of research : Law
Year of graduation : 1987

Job titles held : Currently the Deputy Campus Counsel for Health Affairs, University of California, San Francisco; past titles included in-house counsel 
Employers : Past employers include Kaiser Permanente, Medical Malpractice Defense (both in-house and in private practice) and healthcare law (both in -house and private practice). 

Party affiliation : Democrat
Incumbent: Yes
Website : www.savemgh.com

 

Dr. Harris Filgate Simmonds M.D.

Also known as : Hank
Age : 73
Place of residence : San Rafael, California
College : UCLA
Degree : BA
Year of graduation : 1963

Grad school : UCLA Medical School
Year of graduation : 1967

Job titles held: Has been on medical staff at the Marin General Hospital since 1971, served as Chief of Medical Staff 1983-85, Chief Dept Ob/Gyn, Advisory Board Planned Parenthood, American Cancer Society

Has served in the military: Yes
Rank : Specialist E-4
Date when discharged from duty : 24 August 1959

Party affiliation : nonpartisan
Running for a: Local office 
Incumbent: Yes
First elected: 06 November 2008

Rose Taricco October 23, 2012 at 04:18 PM
I would definitely vote for the bond issue to bring MGH up to the seismic requirements necessary. I think what scares people is the issue of 'building a new hospital.' As I understand it, it will be adding a wing to replace the East and Central wings, maintaining the East and Central wings for non-resident patients/offices and adding a badly needed garage, and the West wing would remain as it is. When you look at the hospital as it is, it is easy to think of it as already being a 'new hospital.' (Therefore, why do we need a NEW one??) With so many Kaiser patients who will most likely vote against the bond measure, it is important to educate the public. Knowledge is power and will be the force behind getting the bond issue passed.
Walter McClellan October 24, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Since MGH is the only designated trauma center in Marin, even Kaiser patients will benefit if they're in Southern Marin. When a stroke or a heart attack strikes, or when they're in a serious injury accident on the freeway, they'll need immediate medical attention. They'd never make it to Kaiser in Terra Linda during commute hours. The relatively small cost they'll pay for the bond measure to make MGH seismically safe is well worth being able to get emergency care at MGH when they need it.

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