District Chairwoman Norma Apodaca said this morning it is her intention to suggest offering the vacant post to those who ran for office but lost in the November election to newly installed trustees Rosie Fernandez and David Ouzan.
Apodaca said she will first ask Calexico resident Ray Falcon if he would like the position. Falcon lost election to the board by slightly more than 100 votes.
Meanwhile, board members will likely request the resignation of Trustee Jack Anderson, who Apodaca said has not attended a board meeting for at least three months.
"That's a little delicate issue," she said. "I know he was sick, but we haven't heard anything from him or his family."
She added Anderson has other issues the balance of the board takes exception with, including his insistence on going before the City Council to air matters discussed by the hospital board in executive session.
In other hospital board business, the trustees will ask the Calexico RDA to install an air-conditioning system in the north wing of the hospital and do away with the current '50s-era water-powered cooling/heating system.
Apodaca said this morning it is important the city make these repairs because it owns the building. She added this will also enable the hospital board to further its negotiations with Imperial Valley Family Care Medical Group for the operation of a clinic at the hospital.
"We hope to have the council do some repairs to the old building in order for us to offer it to the medical group, to offer a fair deal," Apodaca said.
Trustees several weeks ago directed board Administrative Assistant Henry Legaspi to enter into negotiations with I.V. Family Care for the operation of a clinic as well as with Imperial Valley Imaging Services for the operation of the hospital's radiology department.