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Board FAQs

Are board members paid?

Yes. Board members receive $100 for publicly noticed meetings with a $500 cap per month.

What is the time commitment of a Board of Director?

The time commitment varies for each Board member. However, each board member spends a minimum of 10 hours a month in meetings and reviewing board agendas.

How can I serve on the board?

You must be elected by zone to serve on the Kaweah Health Board of Directors. For information on how to go about running for this office, please contact the Tulare County Registrar of Voters at http://tularecounty.ca.gov/registrarofvoters.

ELECTION 2020 - Kaweah Health has three (3) Board seats up for election on November 3, 2020.

ZONE 1, ZONE 3, and ZONE 5

If you are interested in running for a Board seat, you must pick up and file a Declaration of Candidacy and other nomination papers in the County Election Office between July 13th and August 7th.

Are board members required to complete any specific training?

Yes. Every two years, per Assembly Bill 1234, they are required to complete a certificated ethics training course.

When and where does the board of directors meet?

The board holds regular meetings at a meeting place on the premises of the Kaweah Health on the fourth Monday of each month as determined by the Board of Directors each month. For an exact meeting time and location, visit our Board Meetings page.

Why does the board hold closed session meetings?

Per the Brown Act and Health & Safety Code, the board is allowed to hold closed meetings for the following reasons:

  1. Personnel - To discuss the appointments, employment, performance evaluation, discipline, complaints about or dismissal of a specified employee or potential employees.
  2. Conference With Legal Counsel (existing, anticipated, liability claims)
  3. Property Negotiations
  4. Trade Secrets

Is the board required to follow the Brown Act?

Yes.

Does the board follow a code of conduct?

Yes. Board members serve the organization as a whole rather than any special interest group or constituency. A board member’s first obligation is to avoid any preconception that he/she “represents” anything but the organization’s best interests. Board members avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest that might embarrass the Board or the organization. They must disclose any possible conflicts to the board in a timely fashion. They should maintain independence and objectivity in their decisions. They should do what is fair and ethical and act with personal integrity, even though they are not necessarily obliged to do so by law, regulation, or custom. Board members should never accept (or offer) favors or gifts from (or to) anyone who does business with the organization.

What does a board member do?

The obligations of board service are considerable; they extend well beyond basic expectations of attending meetings. Individual board members are expected to meet higher standards of personal conduct on behalf of their organization than what is usually expected of other types of volunteers. In addition to other responsibilities, board members are generally expected to know the organization’s mission, purpose, goals, policies, programs, services, strengths, and needs. They are expected to perform the duties of board membership responsibly and conform to the level of competence expected from board members as outlined in the duties of care, loyalty and obedience as they apply to nonprofit board members. Board members also serve in leadership positions and undertake special assignments willingly and enthusiastically, along with other obligations.

Board members each annually sign the Kaweah Health Hospital Board of Directors job description. In addition to the Hospital Board of Directors job description:

  1. The Board President signs the Board President job description
  2. The Board Vice President signs the Board Vice President job description
  3. All other Board members sign the Individual Board Member job description

Does the board follow behavioral standards?

Yes. The board adheres to behavioral standards.