Unless the context otherwise requires, this article governs the construction of this chapter. As used in this chapter:

(a) “Authority” means the Santa Barbara San Luis Obispo Regional Health Authority.

(b) “Board” means the Santa Barbara San Luis Obispo Regional Health Authority Board of Directors.

(c) “Health care system” means any system established to arrange for the provision of medical services.

(d) “Public agency” means the United States, the State of California, any political subdivision, county, municipality, district, or agency of the State of California or of the United States and any department, bureau, or commission of the State of California or of the United States.

(e) “Person” means any individual, firm, partnership, association, corporation, limited liability company, trust, business trust, or the receiver or trustee or conservator for any of the above, but does not include a public agency.

(f) “Professional advisory boards” means the boards appointed by the board of directors of the authority pursuant to its rules which shall consist of a representative cross section of professional providers of health care services within the service area.

(g) “Community advisory boards” means advisory boards to the authority’s board appointed by the board of directors of the authority which shall consist of persons who represent community and consumer interests and who do not directly earn their income from the provision of medical health services.

(h) “Service area” means Santa Barbara County, and those counties that are contiguous with Santa Barbara County.

(Amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 266, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2008.)