Scott Adams, CEO of Pullman Regional Hospital, Recognized for Outstanding Leadership

October 16, 2014

SEATTLE – Scott Adams, Chief Executive Officer of Pullman Regional Hospital, was awarded the prestigious Joe Hopkins Memorial Award for outstanding leadership by the Washington State Hospital Association in Seattle on October 16.

The Joe Hopkins Award is named after the former hospital association chair and hospital administrator who lost his battle with cancer in 1987. The award was created in honor of Hopkins’s outstanding leadership and special qualities of warmth, persistence, insight, hardworking attitude and humor. It recognizes individuals who exhibit similar qualities in service to hospitals in Washington State and is among the highest honors given by the association.

“Scott is widely respected by his peers, physicians, leadership team members, staff members and the community as a whole,” said Tricia Grantham, President of the Board of Commissioners. (from nominating form; quote not approved yet) “He is well known as a person of great integrity and futuristic thinking who embraces regional needs of the region.”

Adams has held the position of CEO at Pullman Regional Hospital for more than 20 years. Some of his accomplishments during that time include:

  • Leading the construction of a new, state-of-the-art Critical Access Hospital,
  • Creating Community Health 2020, a vision going forward that will provide opportunities for a self-determining and sustainable future, and
  • Securing primary and specialty practices that provide a vital, vibrant continuum of high quality health care providers to serve the community. (from nominating form)

“Scott has built an incredible community asset in Pullman,” said Scott Bond, President and CEO of the Washington State Hospital Association. “He has been skillful in organizing his hospital for the future, and has really been creative in the way he has marshalled support from others to create something special. He brings compassion and stability, but also vision and a willingness to change. Those are good traits to have in combination.”

Adams was an early convert to the movement to improve the quality of hospital care, and moved his leadership team through GE’s renowned Six Sigma training program fifteen years ago. His innovative leadership was even recognized in Seattle when he won Seattle Business Magazine’s Healthcare Leader of the Year Award in 2009.

“WSHA and AWPHD were made better by having Scott on the board,” said Jeff Mero, WSHA Vice President for Rural System Development, and recently, executive director of AWPHD. “He speaks rarely, but seems always to capture the essence of the debate and offer the sharp edges of a solution when called upon. But he also exemplifies that as CEO, listening carefully to his staff, his board, and his community.”

Adams has served on both the board of WSHA and of the Association of Public Hospital Districts, as well as on the boards of his local United Way and Chamber of Commerce.

About Pullman Regional Hospital

Pullman Regional Hospital is located in Pullman, Washington at the heart of the Palouse, a vast geographic area spanning southeastern Washington and northern Idaho. The hospital overlooks the campus of Washington State University, a PAC-12 school. We provide an array of treatment and prevention services, each at the forefront of the medical industry and designed to provide the most comprehensive benefits to our patients.

More about Pullman Regional Hospital, including their latest innovations and the Community Health 2020 plan can be found at

About WSHA

The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) represents all of Washington’s 99 community hospitals. The association takes a major leadership role in issues that affect delivery, quality, accessibility, affordability and continuity of health care. It works to improve the health status of the residents of Washington State. WSHA is online at


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