Kremmling hospital board has two new members |

Kremmling hospital board has two new members

Eric Murray/Voice of Your Hospital

Anthony Robbins once said, “Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment.”

As citizens with a community-represented hospital board of directors we should all hope that Kremmling Memorial Hospital’s two newly appointed directors, Brenda Bock and Elizabeth Carmichael, experience this true fulfillment as reward for their service to come. Each was appointed by existing board members at the May board meeting.

A call for nominations was published in February. No one replied for self-nomination requests and the May election was canceled.

Because the board members filling the two vacancies were appointed, they will serve two years as opposed to the standard four-year term, after which the appointees are eligible to go up for election in the next biennial election, also to be reopened to qualified elector candidates. If those filling the appointed seats are elected, they are able to sit for the remaining two years of the four year term. If new directors are elected, they are eligible for the full four year term. Directors are able to serve two full terms.

Brenda Bock, Grand County coroner and new board member, believes the hospital is “vital to the community” and is answering the call with a sense of ownership and commitment.

“I’ve lived here 35 years now and I have a vested interest in this community,” she said. “This is home. I have no plans to leave and I care about what happens.”

Brenda worked as a nurse aid at the hospital when she first arrived in the community. Her two sons, Jeremy and Jason, were both born at Kremmling Memorial. Her oldest son, now 34, was the last to be born in the original part of the hospital and her youngest son, now 32, was the first born in the newer addition of the hospital.

Brenda also has past experience as an Emergency Medical Technician with Grand County Emergency Medical Services. With her elected office as Grand County coroner, her medical background and her dedication to the community, Brenda is sure to bring sound decisions to the board representative of the community she represents.

Elizabeth Carmichael oversees operations at Bear Mountain Ranch (since June 2006), where she instills a philosophy of stewardship as opposed to other more traditional management approaches to running business. “We want everyone to feel ownership here,” she said while expressing her professional leadership style adding that individual, professional responsibility is the focus of her approach.

A former corporate attorney for LG Electronics in Texas, Elizabeth and her husband choose to homestead in Grand County in order to, “make a better life for our three children, Austin, 12, Carter, 10, and 5-month-old Crosby.”

Elizabeth has a deep interest in early childhood development as well as child-abuse prevention, which carries over from former experience with such programs in other states.

“I am looking forward to assisting in the overall policies and procedures,” Elizabeth said, “while helping to look for ways to enhance the future of health care.”

“We are honored to have such extraordinary community members fill the seats on the hospital board of directors,” said Bill Widener, hospital CEO.

Jeff Miller, owner of Red Mountain RV Park and current president of the board, was re-appointed president for another year while Dr. Jeff Perry, West Grand School District Superintendent, was appointed vice president to replace exiting VP board member Dennis Gale. Kent Whitmer, owner of Grand County Title and Escrow Company, attorney and hospital board member, has two years remaining.

Widener would like to thank the exiting board members who dutifully served the hospital for two consecutive terms each ” Carol Petersen, local rancher, and Denis Gale, recently retired field manager of the Bureau of Land Management.

Widener said that Carol and Dennis made decisions during their terms that “contributed to the overall well-being of our small hospital and provided firmer ground from which to not only stand, but to launch.”

The two new directors are welcomed with open arms and sincere appreciation for their willingness to represent the community and lead the hospital into the demanding yet promising future that is rural health care.

Hospital board meetings are open to the public and take place on the last Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. in the conference room at Kremmling Memorial Hospital.

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