STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3517

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: GOV. MSG. NOS. 553, 554, 555

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2020

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health, to which was referred Governor's Message Nos. 553, 554, and 555, submitting for study and consideration the nominations of:

 

Statewide Health Coordinating Council

 

G.M. No. 553

CHAD WALTON,

for a term to expire 06-30-2023;

 

G.M. No. 554

ERIC BARSATAN,

for a term to expire 06-30-2023; and

 

G.M. No. 555

KAREN HOLT,

for a term to expire 06-30-2021,

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

Your Committee reviewed the personal histories, resumes, and statements submitted by Chad Walton, Eric Barsatan, and Karen Holt for service on the Statewide Health Coordinating Council.

 

CHAD WALTON

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination for the appointment of Chad Walton from the State Health Planning and Development Agency and three individuals.

 

Upon review of the testimony, your Committee finds that Dr. Walton's experience, background, and commitment to public service qualify him for appointment to the Statewide Health Coordinating Council. Your Committee notes that Dr. Walton is currently the Research Program Officer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Prior to that, Dr. Walton was the Director of Trauma Research at University Clinical, Education and Research Associates. Your Committee further notes that Dr. Walton has served as an interim member of the Statewide Health Coordinating Council since July 2019 and has a thorough understanding of the roles and responsibilities of its members. Your Committee therefore recommends that Dr. Walton be appointed to the Statewide Health Coordinating Council based on his knowledge, experience, and commitment to public service.

 

ERIC BARSATAN

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination for the appointment of Eric Barsatan from the State Health Planning and Development Agency.

 

Upon review of the testimony, your Committee finds that Mr. Barsatan's experience, background, and commitment to public service qualify him for appointment to the Statewide Health Coordinating Council. Your Committee notes that Mr. Barsatan is currently the manager and physician liaison for medical staff services and physician relations at The Queen's Medical Center West Oahu. Your Committee further notes that Mr. Barsatan has served as an interim member of the Statewide Health Coordinating Council since August 2019 and has a thorough understanding of the roles and responsibilities of its members. Your Committee therefore recommends that Mr. Barsatan be appointed to the Statewide Health Coordinating Council based on his knowledge, experience, and commitment to public service.

 

KAREN HOLT

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination for the appointment of Karen Holt from the State Health Planning and Development Agency and three individuals.

 

Upon review of the testimony, your Committee finds that Ms. Holt's experience, background, and commitment to public service qualify her for appointment to the Statewide Health Coordinating Council. Your Committee notes that Ms. Holt has a legal background and is currently the Executive Director of the Molokai Community Service Council and Principal of Hoomana Hou High School. Your Committee further notes that Ms. Holt is actively engaged in her community and has served on numerous boards and councils over the years. Your Committee further notes that Ms. Holt has served as an interim member of the Statewide Health Coordinating Council since July 2019 and currently serves as the Council's Chair. Your Committee therefore recommends that Ms. Holt be appointed to the Statewide Health Coordinating Council based on her knowledge, experience, and commitment to public service.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health that are attached to this report, your Committee, after full consideration of the background, experience, and qualifications of the nominees, has found the nominees to be qualified for the positions to which nominated and recommends that the Senate advise and consent to the nominations.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health,

 

 

 

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ROSALYN H. BAKER, Chair