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Posted: February 5, 2013

Kettle and McKerracher re-elected as KERHD chair and acting chair

For the sixth year, the Kootenay East Regional Hospital District board (KERHD) Feb. 1 re-elected John Kettle as chair for 2013.

City of Fernie Mayor and KERHD director Mary Giuliano nominated Regional District of Central Kootenay Electoral Area B director and RDCK board chair Kettle, and no other nominations came forward.

“I appreciate the support of my fellow directors in re-electing me as chair,” says Kettle. “One of the big projects for which this hospital district has been advocating is a new Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for the East Kootenay Regional Hospital. The board is focused on making this project happen and has committed $8 million as our 40% share. I’m looking forward to continuing our work with Interior Health on the ICU and other projects for the good of our residents.”

Kettle told the board he was “a user of your facility (East Kootenay Regional Hospital) this week. It was pretty good, I have to admit.”

City of Cranbrook Mayor Wayne Stetski then nominated District of Elkford Mayor Dean McKerracher for the position of acting chair, and again no other names were put forward – achieving victory of acclimation for both directors.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my first term as acting chair and am looking forward to another dynamic year working with Chair Kettle and the entire board,” McKerracher said.

The Kootenay East Regional Hospital District provides up to 40 percent capital funding for acute care facilities in the region for equipment and facility construction and renovation.

The hospital district extends beyond the boundaries of the Regional District of East Kootenay to include the towns of Golden and Creston, and the portions of the Regional Districts of Central Kootenay and Columbia Shuswap surrounding those municipalities.

Above photo: Dean McKerracher, left, and John Kettle.


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