Voters have the opportunity to change out one of the Kennewick Public Hospital commissioners this election.
Three seats actually are up for election, but Jim Mefford and Marvin Kinney are running unopposed.
Incumbent Katherine Davidson faces challenger Bill Alsdurf.
There is a case to be made on every board at any time to bring in new members. The constant flow of fresh ideas keeps things from getting stale.
Alsdurf certainly would have some new ideas to bring to the board. He has a lot of experience in the health care field from which to draw.
Most recently he was the CEO and CFO of the hospital in Hermiston. In total he has 30 years of senior leadership experience.
Asdurf said he was encouraged to run for the office by current board president and personal friend, Jim Mefford.
However, even with all that being taken into consideration, we don't see a reason to replace Kathy Davidson right now.
KGH is, obviously, in a time of transition. The current board has overcome plenty of roadblocks from a failed bond election to a lawsuit over the Certificate of Need.
The board's job right now is not so much about running a hospital as it is about retooling a hospital.
The Southridge project inches steadily forward, although no financing package has been announced and we have yet to see any shovels being readied for a ground breaking ceremony.
(And there may well be a bump or two in the road ahead.)
But a lot of groundwork has been laid and there is some movement afoot.
Davidson is serving on the Finance Committee as chairman and as the board liaison for this KGH Foundation.
The board is getting things done. We don't see a reason to make any changes at the critical time.
The Tri-City Herald recommends Katherine Davidson for Kennewick Public Hospital commissioner Position 2.