2014 Annual Membership Meeting
More than 400 people turned out for Group Health's 67th Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Lynnwood Convention Center, where President and CEO Scott Armstrong reported that the organization is "on track" to meet 2014 spending and affordability targets.
"…While these results are important to a strong future, I assure you that our goal is not a strong balance sheet or beating margin targets," Armstrong said. "Our goal is to convert lower costs into lower prices for our members."
Paul Sherman, MD, Group Health Cooperative medical director, and Erica Peavy, MD, The Everett Clinic medical director, discussed their shared perspective on Group Health's selection of Swedish Health Services as the contracted provider of Seattle-based hospital services.
An advisory resolution, "Ensuring Comprehensive Care at Religiously Affiliated Hospitals" was approved at the meeting after an extensive debate. The resolution is a result of a petition by members concerning access to services ranging from pregnancy termination to end-of-life care.
Final member voting on the resolution will be conducted in December and January through a mail ballot. Members who registered to vote by Aug. 12, 2014 can participate.
Election of Board Members and Standing Nominating Committee Chair
Ruta Fanning, Leo Greenawalt, and Bob Watt were re-elected to Group Health's Board of Trustees. One new candidate, Judy Schurke, was elected to the Board. Their terms begin Jan. 1, 2015. Eleven trustees are elected by Group Health members to staggered three-year terms. The Board of Trustees hires the chief executive officer and sets the strategy, policy, and direction for Group Health.
Karen Merrikin was elected as Standing Nominating Committee chair, and will also begin her term on Jan. 1, 2015. The committee nominates candidates for election to the board.
Over 3,200 votes were submitted in person and by mail. More than 80 staff and member volunteers helped make the event a success.
Volunteer Appreciation Award
Recipients of this year's award are Carla Granat, a volunteer with the Hospice Program and June Gerken, who has volunteered at the Lynnwood Medical Center for 39 years.