Association of California Healthcare Districts Appoints New Board Officers

(September 22, 2017) The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) is pleased to announce the election of new Board of Directors and appointments of Officers to the Board. Elections and appointments were held at ACHD’s Annual Meeting at the Kona Kai Resort and Spa, last week in San Diego, CA.  Five Board members were elected to fill officer positions, and four Board members were newly appointed.  Officers’ terms begin immediately upon election.  Howard Salmon, Trustee with Fallbrook Regional Health District, will undertake the position of Board Chair.

“It is an honor to be elected Chairman of the Board,” said Mr. Salmon.  “I look forward to continuing to help move ACHD in a new and positive direction.”

Linda Rubin, Trustee with Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District, will undertake the position of Vice Chair; Harry Weis, CEO of Tahoe Forest Health System, will undertake the position of Treasurer, and Bob Hemker, CEO of Palomar Health, will undertake the position of At-Large member.  Dr. Michele Bholat, Trustee with Beach Cities Health District, will retain her position as Secretary.

Other newly appointed Directors include Karin Hennings, Administrator at Del Puerto Health Care District, Gerald “Jerry” Starr, Executive Director at West Side Health Care District, Beatriz Vasquez, Trustee with Mayers Memorial Hospital District, and Lin Reed, Trustee with Mark Twain Health Care District.

For a full list of Directors on the ACHD Board, click here.

California Healthcare Districts respond to the specialized health needs of California communities. Voters created 79 Healthcare Districts to fulfill health local care needs.  Of these, 54 serve the state’s rural areas. Healthcare Districts provide access to essential health services and are directly accountable at the community level.  As a result, tens of millions of Californians have been able to access care that would otherwise be out of reach.


Association of California Healthcare Districts

The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) represents Healthcare Districts throughout the state. The Association serves the diverse needs of California’s Healthcare Districts by enhancing public awareness, training and educating its members and advocating for legislation and regulatory policies that allow Healthcare Districts to deliver the best possible health services to Californians. Learn more at

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