[Vision2020] Gritman's longtime chair replaced

lfalen lfalen at turbonet.com
Wed Jun 1 17:24:12 PDT 2016

B. J. did a good  job. I think Jon will also. They provide great service. If anything them need more staff in emergencies. I have been a resident there most of last week. I was in ER twice and had my Gall Bladder removes on the 25h. I go back for a review with Palouse  Surgeons tomorrow. 


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Subject: [Vision2020] Gritman's longtime chair replaced
From: "Moscow Cares" <moscowcares at moscow.com>
To: "Moscow Vision 2020" <vision2020 at moscow.com>
Date: 06/01/16 11:40:36

Courtesy of today's (June 1, 2016) Moscow-Pullman Daily News.

Gritman's longtime chair replacedBJ Swanson out as chair, Greg Kimberling to take over role
Gritman Medical Center's Board of Directors started a game of musical chairs during its annual public meeting May 25 that resulted in longtime Chair BJ Swanson being replaced with Greg Kimberling, a member of the board for the past six years.
Swanson has been a board member since 1999 and has served as chair since 2001.
Swanson said while the vote for chair didn't go in her favor, she doesn't feel as if she was demoted. It was the first contested race she has faced since taking over the role.
"There was an opportunity for Greg to step up and he was more than ready to do that," Swanson said. "We have re-elections every year and I always wanted people to run and this year they did it."
She said she has recently been spending more time with her family and away from the office, which may be a reason the board voted to take a different direction.
"Greg was definitely the best choice for chair," Swanson said. "I put my name in because I've been there for a long time. Fifteen years is long enough for any job, and I thought let's let someone else try it for awhile."
Gritman Medical Center CEO Kara Besst said Swanson will still play an important role for the hospital as a board member. She still has two years left on her term.
"Our members of the board have been very strong, and we're very pleased with our board," she said. "Our board role is to set the direction of the hospital. The vision they have has helped us provide greater medical care."
Kimberling said he has big shoes to fill.
"BJ is incredibly hardworking and she devoted huge chunks of her life to the hospital," he said. "She is a grandma and her grandkids are young. I would assume she wants the free time and it's hard to do it when you're a chair of the board, and she never does anything halfway."
He said the board will be attending a retreat next month and he hopes for conversation among members to see if they would like to make any changes to the current vision.
He said he's happy to have Swanson on the board for the next few years to use her expertise.
"There's no rocket science, just like everywhere else change happens. All we did was switch positions," Kimberling said.
Board members Kraig White and Rula Awwad-Rafferty ran unopposed and were re-elected to their positions on the board.
Gritman Medical Center is also seeing change outside of the board.
Besst confirmed longtime Gritman Medical Center Pharmacy Director Bill Nash and Chief Financial Officer Preston Becker are both leaving the hospital. Besst said Nash was leaving for personal reasons of which she wasn't allowed to discuss. According to Gritman policy, the hospital does not give any information on its employees. Besst said Becker has found a position in Nevada, where he will be taking as over as CEO for a hospital.

"Good-bye" from another BJ (somehow, this just seems appropriate) . . .


Take care, Beedge.

Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .

"Moscow Cares" 
Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho

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