Valley Medical Center trustee board now complete

The new strategic alliance between Valley Medical Center and UW Medicine now has its full slate of trustees, who will oversee the operations of Valley Medical and its clinics.
The appointment of the final three trustees was announced Wednesday. They are two former commissioners for Public Hospital District No. 1, Don Jacobson and Gary Kohlwes, both of Renton, and Barbara Fletcher of Newcastle, a retired executive of the Weyerhaeuser Co.
Jacobson retired at year’s end after 19 years on the hospital district board. Kohlwes served as a commissioner from 1995 to 2007; he lost his seat to current commissioner, Sue Bowman.
The three will join Julia Patterson of Seatac, a member of the King County Council, and Bernadene Dochnahl of Renton as the five trustees who represent the district service area.
The five elected hospital district commissioners also sit on the 13-member board.
“The three final appointees to the Valley Medical Center Board bring a great depth of knowledge and passion for improving the health of the community,” said Dr. Paul G. Ramsey, chief executive officer, UW Medicine, in a press release.
“All have served the south King County community through their volunteer efforts and we all look forward to having them join the newly configured Valley Medical Center board,” said Ramsey, who made the appointments.
The initial appointments to the board were Lisa Jensen, like Dochnahl, a Harborview Medical Center trustee, Peter Evans, a Northwest Hospital trustee, and Johnese Spisso, a UW Medicine executive and Ramsey’s designee.
Kohlwes is a longtime community leader in Renton, including serving as the superintendent of the Renton School District. Jacobson’s background is in construction; he has served on numerous Renton boards, including the School Board.
Now retired, Fletcher worked in strategic and business planning for the Weyerhaeuser Company. Fletcher has held many volunteer positions, including director of the Seattle Aquarium Society.

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