Board of Trustees

The Washington State Hospital Association is governed by a board of trustees made up of representatives from members across the state. Below is the board of trustees for 2016-2017.

This board list will be updated in late October (2017) to reflect the new board structure and its new members.


Elaine Couture, RN, Executive VP/Chief Executive, Eastern Washington/Montana and Regional Chief Executive
Providence Health Care, Spokane

Bob Malte, Chief Executive Officer
EvergreenHealth, Kirkland

Eric Lewis, Chief Executive Officer
Olympic Medical Center, Port Angeles

Past Chair
Sarah Patterson, FACHE, Chief Integration Officer
Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle

President & CEO
Cassie Sauer, President & CEO
Washington State Hospital Association, Seattle



At-Large Position 1:
Jeff Sperring, Chief Executive Officer
Seattle Children’s, Seattle

At-Large Position 2:
Bill Robertson, President & Chief Executive Officer
MultiCare Health System, Tacoma (Exp. 2017)

At-Large Position 3:
Eric Moll, Chief Executive Officer
Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics, Shelton (Exp. 2019)

At-Large Position 4:
Lane Savitch, President
Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Kadlec (Exp. 2017)

At-Large Position 5:
Diane Blake, Administrator
Cascade Medical Center, Leavenworth (Exp. 2017)

At-Large Position 6:
Ketul Patel, Chief Executive Officer
CHI Franciscan Health, Tacoma (Exp. 2017)

At-Large Position 7:
Peter Rutherford, MD, Chief Executive Officer
Confluence Health, Wenatchee (Exp. 2018)

At-Large Position 8:
Ron Rehn, DHA, Chief Executive
Providence Health Care’s Stevens County Ministries
Providence Northeast Washington Medical Group, Providence Mount Carmel Hospital, Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital, Providence Dominicare, Chewelah & Colville (Exp. 2017) 

At-Large Position 9:
Erin Leff, Executive Vice President, Group Practice
Group Health Cooperative/Central Hospital, Seattle (Exp. 2018)

At-Large Position 10:
Mike Marsh, President & Chief Executive Officer
Overlake Medical Center, Bellevue (Exp. 2018)

At-Large Position 11:
Renee Jensen, Chief Executive Officer
Summit Pacific Medical Center, Elma (Exp. 2019) 

At-Large Position 12:
Bryce Helgerson, President
Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, Vancouver (Exp. 2019) 

At-Large Position 13:
Dale Zender, President, Hospital Services, Northwest, PeaceHealth, Bellingham (Exp. 2019)

At-Large Position 14:
Russ Myers, President & Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Mason Memorial(Exp. 2019)


AHA RPB Representatives

AHA RPB Delegate #1
Florence Chang, Executive Vice President
MultiCare Health System, Tacoma (Exp. 2019)

AHA RPB Delegate #2


Committee Chairs

Patient Safety Committee
CHAIR APPOINTED:  Preston Simmons, FACHE, Chief Executive
Providence Regional Medical Center, Everett

Hospital Governing Boards Committee
CHAIR APPOINTED:  Geri Fain, Trustee, Highline Medical Center, Burien

Rural Hospital Committee
CHAIR APPOINTED:  Mike Glenn, Chief Executive Officer, Jefferson Healthcare, Port Townsend

Non-voting Representatives

AHA RPB Alternate Delegate #1
Eric Moll, Chief Executive Officer
Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics, Shelton (Exp. 2019)

AHA RPB Alternate Delegate #2
Bryce Helgerson, Chief Administrative Officer
Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, Vancouver (Exp. 2018)

Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts
Kevin Abel, Chief Executive Officer
Lake Chelan Community Hospital, Chelan

Financial Services
Jacque Cabe, CFO, UW Medicine, UW Vice President for Medical Affairs, Seattle

Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives (NWONE)
Peg Currie, RN, Regional Chief Nursing & Clinic Officer
Providence Healthcare Regional Office, Spokane

Donna Smith, MD, VP, Medical Director, Clinics
Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle


Contact Us

Washington State Hospital Association
999 Third Avenue
Suite 1400
Seattle, WA 98104

Map / Directions

206.281.7211 phone
206.283.6122 fax

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