We are saddened to report that Mike Nevills, a member of the board of commissioners for Kittitas County Public Hospital District No. 2, passed away in late December 2013.
Commissioners for Kittitas County Public Hospital District No. 2 are publicly elected. Mike had been elected to his second six-year term with the board of commissioners in November 2011. He would have remained on the board through 2017.
Mike was active in long range planning between Kittitas County Public Hospital District No. 1 (Lower Kittitas County) and Kittitas County Public Hospital District No. 2 (Upper Kittitas County). He was a proponent of expanding hospital district facilities as the need for additional medical services arose, and was involved in successful contract negotiations for hospital district staff.
Within the next 90 days, the board of commissioners will seek interested individuals, interview candidates, and appoint a person to fill the vacant position. The appointee will serve until the November 2014 general election. The successful candidate of this election will take office immediately and serve the remainder of the term, which expires in 2017.
Kittitas County Public Hospital District No. 2 is primarily funded by local property taxes. It operates the only advanced life support ambulance service in Upper Kittitas County, Medic One. The public hospital district also subsidizes a portion of the operations of KVH Urgent Care – Cle Elum to ensure access to after-hours care for Upper Kittitas County residents.