Commissioner Resources

Commissioner Resources

AWPHD has compiled resources to help a newly elected Public Hospital District Commissioner. There is also a resource for community members interested in running for office.

Running for office? Or, are you a newly elected Public Hospital District Commissioner?

Review this Commissioner Candidate Webinar to understand the role of a PHD Commissioner.

2024 AWPHD Commissioner Guide

AWPHD has created a commissioner guide filled with pertinent resources to help elected officials succeed in their role at Public Hospital Districts.

AWPHD Legal Manual

The goal of the manual is to provide administrators, commissioners, district staff and the general public a basic source of information about the legal requirements affecting Washington’s Public Hospital Districts.

Open Public Meetings Act Training

Our partners at MRSC offer e-learning courses that help fulfill the Open Government Trainings Act requirements. After completing each training, make sure to download your certificate of completion for documentation purposes.

Governance Education

AWPHD in partnership with WSHA offers its members educational opportunities to increase their knowledge and understanding of hospital governance in Washington state. This education assists board members in assessing and enhancing board effectiveness.

Board Self-Assessment Sample

Strengthen your good governance practices by taking a board self-assessment. This will help determine the board's effectiveness and engagement while highlighting areas of opportunity to grow. Please see a sample board assessment below. We also have a webinar, Preparing For The Future By Knowing Your Present State: The Importance of Regular Board Self-Assessments linked below with Speaker, Karma Bass, Via Healthcare Consulting.

What is a Public Hospital District?

Public Hospital Districts are community-created, governmental entities authorized by state law to deliver health services—including but not limited to acute hospital care—to district residents and others in the districts’ service areas. Owned and governed by local citizens, hospital districts tailor their services to meet the unique needs of their communities.

Additional AWPHD Membership Resource

Ask Municipal Research Services Center

As a service of AWPHD, commissioners can access our partners at MRSC to get personalized answers from trusted attorneys, policy consultants and finance experts at MRSC.