Kaweah Health begins redrawing zones

Public hospital district will have to changes its political zones to account for population shifts over the last decade

VISALIA – Tulare County’s largest hospital is no stranger to drawing. Their lab technicians draw blood, nurses draw shifts, and surgeons draw on patients to mark incisions. Now the public hospital district is going to draw on itself … or rather redraw the lines of its political boundaries.

On Monday, Jan. 24, Kaweah Health Care District held the first of several meetings to gather public input on how to reconfigure its five geographic zones based on 2020 census data to ensure they are balanced and representative for future board elections.

The redrawing process is due to population change between the 2010 and 2020 U.S. Census and the district has hired Redistricting Insights, a consultant out of Sacramento, to assist. The District’s goal is to involve the public as much as possible in drawing the new political boundaries and throughout the process, it will give people the opportunity to create their own maps. Current zone maps are available at www.kaweahhealth.org/about-us/board-of-directors/zone-maps.

Kaweah Health is governed by a board of directors made up of five publicly elected directors, elected by zone for four-year terms. The district is a 183-square mile boundary encompassing Visalia, Goshen and parts of Ivanhoe and Farmersville. The District’s current board members are: David Francis, president (Zone 4); Lynn Havard Mirviss, RN, Ed.D, vice president (Zone 2); Mike Olmos, secretary/treasurer (Zone 1); Garth Gipson, board member (Zone 3); and Ambar Rodriguez, board member (Zone 5).

The board is responsible for the safety and quality of care, treatment, and services provided district wide. This board also establishes policy, promotes performance improvement, and provides for organizational management and planning.

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