Early voting starts Friday for hospital board spot

By Christina Calloway

PNT senior writer

ccalloway@pntonline.com

Two Roosevelt County citizens with strong ties to the community are running for the Roosevelt General Hospital Board’s District 5 seat in a special Nov. 5 election.

Business owner Lori Bohm and Floyd schools Superintendent Paul Benoit are seeking to replace Lonnie Alexander, who is finishing his five-year term on the board. The position is unpaid.

Early voting begins today at the Roosevelt County clerk’s office and ends Nov. 1.

“The hospital is a district which represents the people of Roosevelt County and boards are elected to oversee the operation of the hospital and to assure we are meeting the needs of the people of Roosevelt County and that the hospital is doing well,” said RGH CEO Larry Leaming.

Bohm, 54, works in real estate and insurance. She said serving the RGH community is important to her because she’s always been interested in the board and felt now was the right time to run.

“I want to see the hospital succeed and I want to do everything to make it a great place,” Bohm said.

Benoit said his interest in joining the board spawns from his desire to give back to the community he feels has given to him.

“The hospital is a growing part of Roosevelt County and is certainly a need,” he said. “I just got to thinking the hospital is a community investment and a necessity.”

Both candidates say they have experience serving on community boards.

Bohm said her strengths come from the experience of running businesses and likes that the hospital has a great staff to patient ratio.

“I know a lot of people in the community and work in the community,” Bohm said. “I want to learn every thing there is and I’m willing to learn.”

Benoit said through his involvement with the community’s children and as a member of the Floyd Lions Club, he’s in touch with the people of the district.

“I’ll have a voice for the people in this district and I have a willingness to learn in the hospital system,” Benoit said.

He said hospital’s biggest strength is that it was formed from the grassroots of the community so there’s a desire of the community to strengthen the hospital.

“It’s biggest strength is its presence and I want to be part of that,” Benoit said.

Bohm believes RGH is a small rural hospital with quality care.

“The staff knows you on a personal basis and they go the extra mile,” she said. “I think RGH has that and I want to continue to see us be that way.”

Benoit added that expanding the hospital’s clinic was a great idea and he’d like to see continual growth, possibly adding OB-GYN services to RGH.

 

  • What: Roosevelt General Hospital Board District 5 election
  • When: Early voting starts today and ends Nov. 1 at the Roosevelt County clerk’s office. Election Day is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Jake Building at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds
  • Information: 356-8562

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