Chiropractor takes seat on health board
by Maddy Houk
Jan 17, 2013 | 1211 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Steve Pittson is sworn in as a Del Puerto Health Care District trustee on Monday, Jan. 14, by board member Fred Beltran.--Photo by Maddy Houk/Patterson Irrigator
Steve Pittson is sworn in as a Del Puerto Health Care District trustee on Monday, Jan. 14, by board member Fred Beltran.--Photo by Maddy Houk/Patterson Irrigator
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Del Puerto Health Care District board members unanimously chose local chiropractor Steve Pittson to complete Ramona Evans’ unfinished term during their Monday, Jan. 14, board meeting.

Pittson, 53, moved to Patterson from Fremont in 1987 and owns Patterson Chiropractic.

As a board member, he said he wants to focus on establishing more health care amenities on the West Side.

“I’ll be amicable to see all points of view, and I’ll do what’s best for the people in the health district,” Pittson said.

Del Puerto Health Care District was formed from the Del Puerto Hospital District after the hospital closed in 1998. The district oversees the Del Puerto Health Center in the Keystone Pacific Business Park and also the Patterson District Ambulance Co., which it runs.

Evans, who was elected to the board in 2010, resigned in October for personal reasons, leaving her four-year term unfinished.

Pittson was the only applicant for her seat during the 60-day filing period.

Pittson and his wife, Sandi, have raised six children in Patterson. He has been locally involved for many years as a member of the Patterson Rotary Club.

“Now that my kids are grown, I have more time for community involvement,” Pittson said.

Anne Stokman, president of the board, said Pittson is a good addition to the five-member panel.

“Steve Pittson is very enthusiastic to be part of our board, and I think he will be a great asset,” Stokman said.

Stokman, a registered nurse, and Ed Maring, a local farmer and former longtime board member, were both elected in November. Stokman retained her seat, while Maring returned to the board after a two-year absence, beating out Jeannette Kessler, the other incumbent. Fred Beltran, a farmer, had no challenger to retain his two-year seat. Harold Hill, a retired insurance agent, rounds out the five-member board.

Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or maddy@pattersonirrigator.com.

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