At their regular meeting on Dec. 14, 2017, the Board of Commissioners of the San Juan County Public Hospital District no. 2, Lopez Island Hospital District, introduced a resolution to announce Anne Presson as their selection for Superintendent. The Superintendent is responsible for the efficient administration of all District affairs, and Anne became the first employee of the Lopez Island Hospital District following interim Superintendent Wiggs who served in a temporary role while the District was starting up.
In Washington, Public Hospital District regulations to appoint a new Superintendent require action at two consecutive regular Board meetings. Following the December action appointing Ms. Presson as the new Superintendent, the resolution was subsequently adopted by the Board at their January 25, 2018 regular meeting.
“After an extensive search and thorough vetting process, the Commissioners were thrilled to have someone with Anne’s background and enthusiasm serve in this role. It was important to select someone with the depth of experience necessary to tackle the challenges of the position, as well as someone who could work collaboratively with the Board. We felt that Anne brings with her the experience, talent and energy we need to advance the mission of the Lopez Island Hospital District. In addition to her strong understanding of the healthcare environment, Anne spent most of her 25-year career advocating for improvements in access, affordability and quality of care. She brings that passion to the Lopez Island community,” said Board President Christa Campbell.
Anne has spent time in the islands over the past 15 years and her love of the community led her to move and become a full-time Orcas Island resident in 2015. She began working with interim Superintendent Wiggs in early January and has since taken over all responsibilities of the Superintendent role.
“It is an honor to be given this opportunity and I look forward to partnering with the Board of Commissioners, UW Medicine and CWMA to uphold the Hospital District’s mission to ensure high-quality, island-appropriate healthcare services to the Lopez community. In my first month I’ve appreciated the warm welcome from the community and I look forward to helping create a truly exceptional healthcare experience that serves as a model for other rural communities.” Anne encourages the community to visit with her at the District office, which is located at 262 Weeks Road, Suite B next to the Veterinary Clinic.