S. Snohomish County Commission for Health appoints new superintendent

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Carl Zapora has been named superintendent of the South Snohomish County Commission for Health and its community health services governed by the Board of Commissioners for Public Hospital District #2 of Snohomish County, according to a news release issued by the commission Monday. The board was previously responsible for overseeing Stevens Hospital, which is  now operated by Swedish Health Services as Swedish/Edmonds.

The appointment was made Feb. 7, the release said.

“Carl stood out as the best choice from a field of 30 candidates,” said Fred Langer, chairman of the Commission for Health. “We are very fortunate to have him on board.”

The Board of Commissioners for Public Hospital District No. 2 of Snohomish County governs the Commission for Health, which was launched in August 2010. According to the news release, the commission is “dedicated to improving the health and well-being of a diverse community through local, effective and compassionate health-care services. ”

Funding for the programs will come from the $7.2 million in annual hospital lease payments from Swedish and other income, which will bring the commission’s annual revenue this year to about $9 million. Initially, only a portion of the money will be spent for projects that can result in measurable successes.

 Zapora, who served as United Way of Snohomish County CEO for six years, expressed excitement ” about the innovative prospects of improving the health of local communities.

“With input from the public, I’m eager to create a plan based on the most pressing health-care needs in our area,” Zapora said. “At a time when many public health programs have cut back, the Commission for Health will reach out to people most in need.”

Projects that the Commission for Health is considering include:

– Health education

– Joint ventures with other health-care institutions

– Senior services

– Parenting classes

– Free bicycle helmets, dental supplies and flu shots

– Mental health provider network

“Although at the early stages of developing programs, the agency’s purpose is to meet the priority health needs of the community,” the release said. “The Commission for Health also supports local health promotions and disease prevention actions through partnerships with city government, school districts, local businesses, nonprofit organizations and community groups.”

For more information, visit the commission’s website.

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