Linda Aurelio is leaving the St. John’s Health Board of Trustees.

After eight years in various roles with the hospital, from vice chairwoman of the St. John’s Health Foundation to board trustee, Aurelio cited personal reasons in handing in her notice Friday.

“Serving on the board allowed me the opportunity to bring both my health care background and passion for the position to serve the Jackson community to the best of my ability,” Aurelio said in a press release. “I wish to thank the community of Jackson for their vote of confidence to elect me to the St. John’s Health Board of Trustees.”

In 2018 Aurelio, then a board advisor, ran for an open seat on the hospital board. She brought academic and business acumen to the post, with a master’s degree in hospital administration and experience as the founder of Sonogram Services Inc., a company that provided temporary medical staffing to hospitals.

She won her seat as part of a quartet of candidates who were backed by the Healthy Hospital, Healthy Community PAC. The other three were incumbents Liz Masek, Joe Albright and Michael Tennican.

Even though Aurelio sat on the board for only about two years, board Chairwoman Cynthia Hogan praised her years of work in support of the hospital.

“Linda has been a strong supporter and friend of St. John’s Health and St. John’s Health Foundation,” Hogan said in a statement. “She has made invaluable contributions to many important board discussions and St. John’s overall positive trajectory, including her leadership of the Sage Living project as co-chair of the Living Center Task Force.”

The board of trustees will now turn its attention to finding Aurelio’s replacement. As per Wyoming statute the trustees will appoint someone to fill in until the November election. The appointee must then run for the seat and be elected by Teton County voters to fill the rest of Aurelio’s term, which runs through 2022.

Interested parties do not need health care experience or previous work with St. John’s; hospital employees are barred from serving on the board. Chief Communications Officer Karen Connelly will collect resumes at kconnelly@stjohns.health.

The deadline for applications is June 22, and selected candidates will be asked to fill out a questionnaire. The board will hold interviews with candidates June 29 and expects to choose a replacement at its regular meeting that day.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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