Kaweah Delta's next town hall set for Wednesday, May 20, online
Kaweah Delta’s next town hall set for Wednesday, May 20, online
VISALIA – As Kaweah Delta continues its efforts to better engage
with the community, it will hold its third of five town halls on Wednesday,
May 20, in Visalia. The town halls are being hosted in the five zones
that make up Kaweah Delta Health Care District; each is being hosted by
the board member that represents the zone. This is the first in the series
that will be hosted online due to COVID-19.
Members of the public are invited to join Gary Herbst, Kaweah Delta’s
Chief Executive Officer during this town hall, which will take place from
6-7 p.m. online. To submit a question for the town hall or for information
on how to join the webinar or call in, visit
www.kaweahdelta.org/townhall. The town hall will be hosted by Herbert Hawkins, a member of Kaweah Delta’s
Board of Directors, who represents zone I.
“The greatest lesson we learned from the 2016 defeat of Measure H
was the importance of listening more carefully and more often to our community,”
Herbst said. “We want to further involve the community to gather
feedback, so that we can continually improve in our efforts to meet the
healthcare needs of our region. Working with the community has been a
phenomenal experience and as a result, we know that no matter the challenge,
we will end up with a better solution.”
Measure H was the 2016 proposed general obligation bond that would have
helped replace a sizeable number of hospital beds located in the older
side of Kaweah Delta Medical Center (what is called the “Mineral
King Wing”), which does not meet state earthquake standards.
In 2017, Kaweah Delta formed three Community Advisory Committees to gather
feedback on three key issues: Community Relations, Healthcare for Today
and Tomorrow, and the Hospital of the Future. Today, these committees
and other ambassador groups are comprised of approximately 250 people,
who meet monthly with Kaweah Delta leaders to provide ideas and feedback
regarding Kaweah Delta services.