Frei Burton appointed commissioner
Mount Vernon resident Frei Burton was appointed Friday, January 25, 2019 to fill the vacant position on the Public Hospital District No. 1, Skagit Regional Health Board of Commissioners.
Burton took the oath of office at the opening of Friday's regular Board meeting. Burton fills the vacancy on the board left by the December resignation of three-year board member Al Dennis who has moved out of the hospital district.
Board members expressed appreciation to the three applicants for their high level of interest in Skagit Regional Health and for taking the time to participate in the selection process.
"On behalf of the Board of Commissioners, we welcome Ms. Burton. With her involvement with the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation and through this search process, she has become knowledgeable on many issues facing healthcare in our service area," said Board President Bruce Lisser. "We welcome her dedication to the patients we serve and look forward to her enthusiasm in the process of board governance."
Burton, a 14-year resident of Mount Vernon, is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. She is a member of the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees, is involved with the Conway PTA and has a background in healthcare.
Burton and her husband, Ben, have three daughters and are owners of Arrow Insulation, Arrow Conservation and Arrow Electric.
"I am very honored to be appointed to the Skagit Regional Health board," she said. "I've had a consistent passion for healthcare for many years. I am very excited to work with this team to help make healthcare for our community better. I see that this team, the board and leadership is so very committed and I am happy to be a part of it."
Burton will serve until the next election in November 2019 and the person elected at that time will serve the remainder of Mr. Dennis’ unexpired term through 2021.