Despite a good showing from the competition the hospital board race ended with wins by predictable candidates.
Incumbents Joe Albright, Liz Masek and Michael Tennican all won re-election, with board advisor Linda Aurelio filling the fourth available seat. There are seven seats on the St. John’s Medical Center board of trustees, which oversees the public nonprofit hospital.
“I hope this means that our neighbors believe St. John’s hospital is one thing in the country that is on the right track,” Albright said. “I will work to keep us in that direction.”
The winning candidates were backed as a slate by the Healthy Hospital, Healthy Community PAC. The group raised $28,000 before the election, with support from 16 donors, including a heavy presence from the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole’s board.
“It seems like the community has decided this team is one that should have the opportunity to run the hospital for the next couple of years,” Albright said.
The race was crowded, with 10 candidates, and contentious. Neither of the two physician investors in the race won. See results on page 18A. Dr. Geoffrey Skene pulled 2,208 votes (coming in fifth), and Dr. Joshua Beck earned 1,361 (eighth place).
Albright topped the field with 5,724 votes, followed by Aurelio with 4,629, Masek with 4,560 and Tennican with 4,071.
Aurelio said she’s excited for the future and is looking forward to getting started right away.
“I’m really happy that the results came in as they did,” she said. “The four of us will really be able to accomplish a lot. It’ll be great for the community and, obviously, St. John’s.”
Masek couldn’t be reached Tuesday.
Tennican called the winning group a “quartet” and their win a “continuation of the trajectory” the hospital is on.
“Certainly we’re not without some financial problems on the outlook, but I’m very happy with where we are in terms of the quality of services,” he said. “I’m delighted that we’re soon, I’m hoping, about to break ground on the new Living Center that will add care for residents with mental difficulties. All that’s good. I continue to be nervous about reimbursements and competition, but I think it’s a good team that’s coming back together so I’m very pleased.”