Douglas County has a new representative on Tri-County Health Department’s board of health after commissioners unanimously approved the appointment of Kim Muramoto in an April 27 business meeting. …
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Douglas County has a new representative on Tri-County Health Department’s board of health after commissioners unanimously approved the appointment of Kim Muramoto in an April 27 business meeting.
Muramoto, a registered nurse and the trauma system director for Centura Health, has a master’s degree in nursing and a background in trauma, injury prevention and mental health programs.
Muramoto, a Lone Tree resident, attended the meeting where she was appointed and spoke to commissioners.
“Right now … you can see a lot of consequences of the pandemic,” she said in the meeting. “There’s a lot of stress, mental illness, a lot of intoxicant use, and that’s kind of areas that I’ve really worked on.”
Muramoto added that she sees her role as looking at evidence-based approaches and using “accurate, valid data” to serve the community.
“I’m really looking forward to this opportunity just to be able to serve and really seeking that collaboration and collegiality so that we can be as effective as possible,” she said.
Muramoto originally applied for an open position on the voluntary board in February, but that post was filled by Dr. Linda Fielding. When another position became available recently, the commissioners reviewed the same group of applicants and selected Muramoto.
The positions now held by Fielding and Muramoto were previously held by Marsha Jaroch and Paulette Joswick, who left the board amid their disagreements with the commissioners on issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In October 2020, Jaroch and Joswick co-signed a Colorado Community Media letter to the editor urging the community to voice opposition to the commissioner’s then plan to split from the health department. Joswick resigned in February and Jaroch was terminated due to that letter to the editor, according to her termination letter.
In the April 27 meeting where Muramoto was selected, Commissioner Lora Thomas recalled meeting Muramoto when she was a board member for the State Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Advisory Council.
“I thought ‘my gosh, this woman is a leader,’” Thomas said in the meeting. “This woman is going to be an excellent representative for us on the Tri-County Board of Health.”
Commissioner Abe Laydon said Muramoto’s willingness to serve, background, education and her interview “just blew my doors off.”
“The level of confidence that the board has in you to go to Tri-County health board and represent all of us in Douglas County, not just the (commissioners), is tremendous,” Commissioner George Teal said.
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