Former fire chief joins Stevens Hospital board

  • Sharon Salyer<br>For the Enterprise
  • Monday, March 3, 2008 6:46am

Bob Meador, retired chief of the Lynnwood Fire Department, has been appointed to the Stevens Hospital board.

He is the second of two newly appointed members. Charles Day, who formerly worked in accounting for Edmonds and the University of Washington, was appointed to the board in December.

The board oversees the taxpayer-supported hospital, its clinics and related businesses. This year, the organization has a $134 million budget.

Voters approved increasing the size of the board from three to five members in November.

The move to expand the board began in early 2003 when residents requested the change, saying it would make the board more responsive to the public.

Meador said he believed his experience with the fire department, which included work as an emergency medical technician, would help him as a board member.

Over the years, he transported hundreds of people to the hospital and saw its emergency room and other services in action firsthand. In addition, he has experience with the financial issues faced by publicly supported organizations.

“Health care is facing some of the biggest challenges of any critical service – police, fire or anything else,” he said.

Meador, 61, retired from the fire department in 2002. Since then, he has worked on volunteer projects, including upgrading a cottage at Heritage Park.

He graduated from the UW in 1970, then ran an auto repair business in Everett from 1967 to 1972 before joining the Lynnwood Fire Department. He and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 42 years. They live near Mill Creek.

Of the two new board positions, the candidate who receives the greatest number of votes in this fall’s general election will serve a six-year term. The other board member will serve four years.

Stevens Hospital’s taxing district includes Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Brier, Woodway and surrounding unincorporated areas.

Sharon Salyer is a reporter for the Herald in Everett.

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