Career: Vice President of Accounting, WMK & Western States Steel Erection Co’s
Year joined board: 2014
Why you’re committed to serving on the board: I believe that RiverStone Health is an avenue for individuals to create better lives for themselves, their family and their community. Not everyone has the financial wherewithal to receive healthcare, but this should not exclude them from access to care. The Foundation supports a system where one gets more than just a checkup, they get a holistic approach that includes the education needed for a better life.
Type 2 diabetes prevention and prenatal care are two areas in which education could help people make healthier choices.
I think a major issue for consumers on the horizon is healthcare costs in general. The way the healthcare system is set up, consumers are voicing their concerns on the price of healthcare, but operating a healthcare facility is not inexpensive. The United States will try to find the “happy medium” between cost and operation of a healthcare facility, but it will be too difficult to solve. We are already seeing independent healthcare facilities merging with major hospitals to reduce operating costs so the focus can be on the patient which should be the concern for any healthcare facility.