Campaign Phone: (public) (541) 756-5443
Campaign Address: 2493 Troy Lane North Bend, OR 97459
Town Where You Live: North Bend
After graduating from San Jose State .in 1976 I moved to North Bend to join the CPA firm of Yergen & Meyer, which later merged into Moss Adams CPAs. After retiring as a partner in the firm, I have served on the BAH Finance Committee for over 15 years and on the BAH Board since 2011.
Seat Sought: Bay Area Health District seat 4
Name: Barbara N. Taylor
Years in the area: 45
Occupation: Retired CPA
Past political/civic experience:
BAH board member since 2011, BAH Finance Member since 2004, current Treasurer of BAH. Board member and Treasurer of Friends of Shore Acres. Former board member of Coos History Museum. Former volunteer for AARP Tax Aides.
Q&A (please keep responses to 100 words or fewer per question!)
What do you hope to accomplish if elected?
I will continue to use my skills and experience to provide good governance for the District. As a board member and Treasurer, I chair the BAH Finance committee that reviews all major components of the financial decisions facing BAH, including budget oversight, monthly review of financial reports, review of business plans for new services or projects, annual financial audit review and oversight of BAH retirement plans’ investment performance.
What do you feel are the most important issues you’ll be asked to face if elected?
BAH is facing several challenges including issues related to COVID-19, implementing a new Electronic Health Record (EHR) system, and an ongoing need to recruit and retain healthcare providers.
How would you address those issues?
The financial impact of COVID has been somewhat mitigated by federal funding but requires the Board, Administration and Medical Staff working together to provide safe and effective care. The implementation of the new EHR system is in progress and I have been attending the Epic Executive Adoption Committee meetings each week. Recruitment/retention of healthcare providers to our district is vital and BAH partners with local clinics to provide an attractive environment for providers. Examples include the expansion of the hospitalist program, maintaining up-to-date medical equipment and facilities, and supporting local healthcare education opportunities through the local community college.
Why should voters trust you with their vote?
I find serving on the Board and Finance Committee to be very rewarding, and it allows me to use my experience as a former partner in a local CPA firm in giving back to my community. The BAH Board is the governing body for the health district and we have a fiduciary responsibility to see that the BAH remains financially sound while providing safe and effective medical care to the District’s citizens. With your support, I look forward to continue serving this vital asset to our community.