Sarasota County, FL - Board of Elections

Candidate Statement

Jim Meister

Current member of Board of SMH;appointed in 7/15;elected in 11/20/2016. Chairman of Finance and Investment Committees.
Haved lived in Sarasota County for 20 years. Entire professional career in food retailing: served from 1989-1998 as CEO Kings Super Markets , NJ which was totally owned subsidiary of Marks and Spencer,plc; returned as Chairman 2003-2004. Was board director of both a US and UK publicly traded companies from 1996-2005. Held leadership positions in several NJ not-for-profit organizations including Chairman of Mountainside Hospital, Montclair. NJ 1996-1998. Currently member of Finance Committee of Senior Friendship Center.

If re-elected to the SMH board, I pledge to uphold my fiduciary responsibilities to the taxpayers of Sarasota County and join my fellow board members in assisting our talented leaders in building on our 92+ year history of serving the healthcare needs of our community. During my time on the Board, Sarasota Memorial has been named CMS 5-Star Hospital 4 consecutive times- the only hospital in Florida with such a distinction. We are also a Leapfrog "A" hospital and one of 48 hospitals to receive a top rating in all 9 conditions evaluated by U.S. News & Report. We have achieved this while implement new programs to benefit our community such a Trauma and Graduate Medical Education, while lowering our tax mileage rate and maintaining healthy operating margins

I welcome your continued support...together we will continue to address the ever changing needs for premium healthcare delivery and grow our history of having a team of the "best of the best" physicians, nurses , administrators and dedicated staff who share our vision of being the very best!. I welcome your continued support!!! Jim Meister