Panel given task of picking new UMC board

Clark County’s journey toward getting a separate board in place to oversee University Medical Center now has a five-member committee to pick the new board members.

The committee has familiar names including a former governor and a former county manager.

In the weeks ahead, the ad hoc nominating committee will go through the names of applicants who have expressed interest and also has the ability to solicit potential candidates who have not applied for the task of overseeing the hospital’s direction.

“These individuals represent a wealth of knowledge and experience with respect to UMCSN, county government, the health industry, the patient population served by UMCSN and the governance of public and nonprofit organizations,” Larry Gage, the consultant the county hired to assist with the transition, wrote in a memo to county officials. Gage is a founder and former president of the National Association of Public Hospitals.

The county released the committee members’ names on Wednesday. They are:

  • Curtis Myles, chief executive officer of Las Vegas Monorail, and a former assistant director at the Clark County Department of Aviation.
  • Steve Comer, a retired accounting firm managing partner and the current board chairman of Nevada Health Centers Inc., a network of federally qualified health centers.
  • Virginia Valentine, president of the Nevada Resort Association. She previously was the manager of Clark County and the city manager for Las Vegas.
  • Richard H. Bryan, a former U.S. senator and past Nevada governor. He is an attorney and shareholder at Lionel Sawyer & Collins, a law firm.
  • Anthony Marlon, a specialist in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases. Marlon was chief of the cardiology division and medical director of cardiac rehabilitation at UMC from 1972 to 1985. He also chaired an advisory board to UMC that the county disbanded.

Commissioners decided in July to move ahead with forming a separate board for UMC, the public county hospital. Under the changes ahead, commissioners still will approve the future budgets for the hospital.

County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak said he was impressed by the slate of committee members.

“It’s a huge responsibility,” he said.

By December, the committee will recommend to commissioners five to nine people to serve on the new board, with staggered three-year terms. Commissioners then vote up or down on the whole slate of candidates.

Contact reporter Ben Botkin at bbotkin@reviewjournal.com or 702-405-9781.