WSHA honors Newport Hospital & Health Services CEO and superintendent with leadership award

October 15, 2019

Tom Wilbur is named winner of WSHA’s Joe Hopkins Memorial Award

Hopkins winner Wilbur 2019

The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) honored Newport Hospital & Health Services CEO and Superintendent Tom Wilbur with its Joe Hopkins Memorial Award at the its Annual Member Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington in Renton Oct. 9.

“Tom has been an inspiring leader with steadfast devotion to improving the well-being of his community and all the residents of our state. Rural health care organizations face constant challenges. Thanks to Tom’s leadership, the community has access to a robust and innovative health care system,” WSHA CEO and President Cassie Sauer said. “Tom is also incredibly kind and humble, and we are delighted to recognize his tireless work.”

The Joe Hopkins Memorial Award was created in 1987 in honor of the late Joe Hopkins, who was a health care leader in Washington state. The award is given each year to an individual who displays the spirit of Joe Hopkins’ vision and dedication to Washington’s hospitals, with a special focus on his interest in rural health. The winner is chosen by a committee of past winners.

About Tom Wilbur

Tom Wilbur has worked in health care for nearly 30 years and has served as the chief executive of Newport Hospital & Health Services since 2004. Wilbur has served in leadership roles with WSHA and the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts, where he has helped expand access to services and improve safety and quality across the state.

In 2014, Wilbur started the Pend Oreille Health Coalition, which is a collaboration of more than 70 members dedicated to improving community health and wellness in Pend Oreille County. The coalition stemmed from Wilbur’s desire to expand work from the hospital into the community to identify community needs, make the local health care environment more efficient and secure additional resources for health care.

Wilbur also led Newport Hospital & Health Services to partner with its local behavioral health providers in creating one of the first integrations of behavioral health into primary care in Washington state.

About Newport Hospital & Health Services

Newport Hospital and Health Services is owned and operated by Pend Oreille County Public Hospital District #1, a municipal corporation established in 1921 and authorized to provide for “the health care needs of District residents and other persons.” Located in Newport, Pend Oreille County, Washington, the District commits to be trusted as the first-choice healthcare provider for the community.

Newport Hospital and Health Services employs seven primary care physicians, two emergency room physicians, five health care affiliates, two Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, an Outpatient Wound provider, two General Surgeons, and an Orthopedic Surgeon. NHHS also offers complete obstetrical care including epidural anesthesia and Cesarean deliveries in a private, family setting.

Outpatient services include full-service diagnostic imaging (radiology), laboratory, pathology and licensed physical and restorative therapy. NHHS also offers short stay and same day surgical services and a fully staffed general medical acute care unit. As a critical access hospital with a rural health clinic, NHHS provides care for residents in Eastern Washington and West Bonner County, Idaho. A complete list of services is available at


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