Humboldt General Hospital Welcomes Newest Trustee

At the first of the new year, Humboldt General Hospital welcomed its newest trustee.

Gene Hunt, who won election to the Humboldt County Hospital District Board of Trustees on November 6, will fill the position vacated by Richard Cook, whose four-year term ends December 31.

While Gene didn’t anticipate running for the hospital board, it was a natural progression for a man accustomed to public service.

The Southern California native spent 10 years in Las Vegas before he and his wife dreamed of a more rural lifestyle where they could enjoy their hobbies and their animals.

It wasn’t long before the two moved to Winnemucca and Gene began his community service in earnest.

He joined the local Rotary Club, where he is currently president elect. He also serves on the board of directors for Nevada Outdoor Schools and as a member of the Eagle Scout review board for the Tri-Counties Advancement District.

“The hospital board seemed the next natural step in serving our community,” he said.

Plus, as a type 2 diabetic, Gene said chronic care and blood testing services are not only important to himself, but to other members of the community with similar health issues.

“When you serve the community, you naturally assist yourself and your family,” he said.

Gene believes Humboldt General Hospital is a “phenomenal” facility that needs to be used to its fullest extent.

He hopes to join with fellow trustees in growing hospital services to provide what the community feels is lacking, while also instituting positive changes to the hospital’s fee structure and billing procedures.

Gene said he would also like to ensure that HGH’s new reduced-cost blood testing services, “Healthy You Fridays,” which began in November, continue as a valuable service to local residents.

He cited physician recruitment as HGH’s greatest challenge, but noted he would like to maximize the potential of the Family Medicine Rural Residency Program, especially in recruiting physicians who wish to remain and work and live in Winnemucca.

He also applauded HGH’s staff as one of its great strengths. “An entity is only as good as its staff,” he said, “and the staff of HGH prove time and again that they care about the community.”

Gene has been a real estate professional in the title and escrow industry since 1984; he currently works with Western Title Company in Winnemucca.

He and his wife own the Dreamcatcher Ranch in Paradise Valley, where they enjoy horses, goats, chickens and a turkey. They also enjoy off-roading in the mountains and the sand dunes.

“My wife and I have embraced this community and have chosen to retire here,” he said. Not only that, but Gene and his brother Steve relocated their mother to Winnemucca; his daughter and grandchildren are also in the process of making this their home.

“I will continue to serve the community to help Winnemucca grow,” said Gene.

He added, “I want to see it evolve so that my neighbors, friends and family can enjoy the fruits of our efforts.”

Gene took his seat on the Humboldt County Hospital District Board of Trustees on January 1, 2019. He will serve alongside trustees JoAnn Casalez, Michelle Miller, Bill Hammargren, Jennifer Hood, and Humboldt County Commission Representative Ken Tipton.

The hospital board meets at 5:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Sarah Winnemucca Conference Room at Humboldt General Hospital. The public is invited to attend.

Gene may be reached via email at gene4trustee@gmail.com or by phone at (702) 845-7421.

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