Warren Tessler announced that he is a candidate for the Island Hospital Board of Commissioners, Position 2. That seat is currently held by Buzz Ely, MD who has said that he will be stepping down at the end of this year when his term expires.
“I feel like I’ve been getting ready for this for much of my life. Between my many years of work experience in healthcare management, my time living in and getting to know Anacortes and my service to the community, I’m as prepared as one can be,” Tessler said.
Tessler lost in an earlier run for Hospital Commissioner, district 2, two years ago.
Many people in Anacortes know Warren as the owner of La Vie en Rose Bakery. He is also known through his active involvement in community service. He serves on the boards of the Anacortes Family Center, the Anacortes Arts Festival, the Anacortes Noon Kiwanis Club and the Anacortes Parks Foundation. In addition, he chairs the steering committee for the Anacortes Learning and Lunches Program, co-chairs the Anacortes Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and is a member of the Guemes Channel Trail Planning Committee. He chaired the very popular Anacortes Open Streets event last fall.
Prior to coming to Anacortes, Warren had a 28-year career in healthcare management. He worked at large teaching hospitals, as well as medium and smaller hospitals, like Island Hospital, at all levels up to consultant/CEO. He’s also held senior positions at an HMO and a physician-hospital organization (PHO). Along the way, he’s experienced the challenges of competition, increased government regulation, changing payment systems, medical and information technology, and physician recruitment and retention.
“I’ve been attending the Board of Commissioners meetings regularly for the past three years to familiarize myself with the issues specific to Island Hospital. We’re in a pretty good position right now, but the board and the hospital leadership will be challenged to continue to achieve excellence in the future. I feel that I have a lot to contribute to that effort,” Warren stated.
A number of community leaders are supportive of Warren’s candidacy. He’s been endorsed by Mayor Laurie Gere and State Representative Kris Lytton. City Councilors John Archibald, Ryan Walters, Eric Johnson and Erica Pickett have also endorsed him.