Kirkland, Wash. – EvergreenHealth’s Board of Commissioners recently announced that community members have elected David Edwards, JD, to represent the community at-large on the health system’s seven-member governing board. His six-year term will begin in January 2020.
Edwards is a civil rights investigator for the City of Seattle, a role in which he evaluates federal and local claims of illegal employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination within the city. He is a lifelong resident of Public Hospital District No. 2 and brings a wealth of knowledge and community engagement experience, including serving as an EvergreenHealth community advisor since 2015.
“We are pleased to welcome David to the EvergreenHealth Board of Commissioners. We are impressed by his professional qualifications, extensive record of community involvement and passion for advancing the health and well-being of those he serves—all qualities that align with EvergreenHealth’s values and make him an exceptional addition to our board,” said Al DeYoung, EvergreenHealth Board of Commissioners Chairperson.
Prior to being elected to the Board of Commissioners, Edwards served on the EvergreenHealth CEO Search Committee in 2018. In addition, he was co-chair of the Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee, a committee that provided guidance for the national nonprofit organization that “brings together an extensive network of law students, lawyers, legal services organizations, and supporters to promote a lifelong commitment to public service and equal justice.” He has also volunteered as a member of the University of Washington Bothell Alumni Council.
Edwards earned a B.A. in law, economics and public policy from the University of Washington Bothell before graduating from Seattle University School of Law with his JD. He is an active member of the Washington State Bar Association, King County Bar Association and the City of Kirkland Salary Commission.
As a public district health care system, EvergreenHealth is governed by a Board of Commissioners, each of whom is elected by the voters in the district to serve a six-year term. Edwards was elected to the Board to hold a position previously filled by Kenmore Air President Todd Banks, who was appointed to complete the term of Commissioner Jeannette Greenfield following her 2018 retirement.
Alongside EvergreenHealth’s current board members, Al DeYoung, Board Chair; Minerva Butler, Board Secretary; Rebecca Hirt; Tim McLaughlin; Charles Pilcher, MD; and Virgil Snyder, Edwards will provide governance and accountability for EvergreenHealth’s mission, vision and purpose, quality, service and overall effectiveness, through collaboration with and by providing counsel to leadership. Learn more at www.evergreenhealth.com/board.
In addition, the EvergreenHealth Monroe Board of Commissioners also welcomed a new member this month. Commissioner Karen Gahm is a retired social worker and public servant who has been an active member of the Snohomish County community for 25 years.
Gahm replaces Tony Balk, who served the Monroe community as a fire commissioner and held a seat on the Monroe City Council for 12 years before being elected to the EvergreenHealth Monroe board in 2014. Alongside board members – Alice Cabe, Board Chair; Chuck Strub, MD, Board Secretary; Gregory Accetturo and Steve Matuschak – Gahm will also provide governance and accountability, collaborating with and offering counsel to organizational leaders. Learn more about the EvergreenHealth Monroe Board of Commissioners at www.evergreenhealthmonroe.com/board-of-commissioners.
EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system serving nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties with a breadth of services and programs that are among the most comprehensive in the region. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland and a 72-bed hospital, EvergreenHealth Monroe, which is an accredited, full-service public hospital district established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. The system also includes a network of 13 primary care practices, five urgent care centers, more than two dozen specialty care practices, and 24/7 emergency care from its Kirkland, Monroe and Redmond locations.
EvergreenHealth remains committed to its purpose to enrich the health and well-being of the community by providing clinical excellence in more than 80 specialties and through extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.
The health system is consistently named as one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals and it is one of only 293 hospitals nationwide to hold a 5-Star Overall Rating from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS). Learn more at www.evergreenhealth.com.
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