Last week, a lot of people got this in the mail. It’s Washington Hospital’s annual report, complete with a DVD and a message from the Board of Directors. I asked hospital spokesman, Chris Brown, if this was an inappropriate use of hospital funds since it is in part a commercial for the current board sent to voters one week before the election.
Here is his answer:
With regard to your last question, our annual report is released every year around this time whether or not there is an election. The timing is associated with the District’s annual audit, which is always presented to the Board in October. We can’t release the annual report until the Board reviews and approves the audit. In terms of the content, we’ve always included information from the Board. The only difference with this is that much of the content is in video form rather than printed. The bottom line is that there is no connection.
Below are pictures from the board section letting voters know what a great job they’re doing.