Congratulations award winners Julie Petersen and Bruce Williams!

October 25, 2022

WSHA would like to congratulate Kittitas Valley Healthcare CEO Julie Petersen for winning the 2022 Joe Hopkins Memorial Award and Cascade Medical Center Board Commissioner Bruce Williams for winning the 2022 Ben Lindekugel Governance Excellence Award! We presented these awards at our Annual Meeting Oct. 17.

Julie began her career in health care almost 40 years ago as a staff accountant for Group Health Cooperative in Seattle. Since 2016, she has served as the CEO of Kittitas County Public Hospital District No. 1 and Superintendent of Kittitas County Public Hospital District No. 2. Julie has been a member and Chair of the WSHA Rural Committee and is the past president of AWPHD and past chair of WSHA. The American Hospital Association (AHA) invited Julie to be a member of its Task Force on Ensuring Healthcare for Vulnerable Communities and to represent small and rural hospitals on the AHA Regional Policy Board for Region nine.

Julie has been a strong leader for rural hospitals and all hospitals in Washington for decades, and she is particularly dedicated to ensuring rural residents have access to high-quality care in every community in Washington.

The Ben Lindekugel Governance Excellence Award recognizes Bruce’s commitment to health care leadership in the Central Washington community of Upper Valley. Bruce is a retired CEO, lawyer, and Peace Corps Volunteer and has served on more than a dozen boards of directors. He has earned the WSHA Health Care Governance Certification.

Bruce brings a wide and deep background to his role a hospital commissioner. His expertise benefits not just Cascade Medical but all the hospitals around the state as he works to improve governance in hospitals statewide. It’s a pleasure to work with Bruce, and I’m thrilled he won the award named for my friend Ben Lindekugel.

Congratulations again, Julie and Bruce, and read more about our awards on the WSHA website at


Cassie Sauer
WSHA President & CEO


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