Drama Ends For Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Board, New Commissioner Finally Appointed

It was a drama-filled fall for the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Board, capped off by sitting board member, Gene Pollard, running against and unseating his fellow board mate, Kevin Hauglie – eventually leading to Pollard having to vacate his seat to fill Hauglie’s. That left a big hole on the board and forced a halt of some board business.

After a three month community-wide search for a new board member by Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District, which is currently building a new hospital near Snoqualmie Ridge, that hole on the board was finally filled.

On Thursday, March 20th, the newest Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Board Commissioner was appointed –  Ryan Roberts. The board appointed Roberts in a 3 to 1 vote at Thursday’s special meeting, with only Pollard opposing.

Roberts lives in Snoqualmie with his family. He works in commercial insurance and risk management at Kibble and Prentice in Seattle, where he advises hospital clients.

The hospital district says Roberts brings an understanding of the industry and knowledge of the Affordable Care Act and how it affects the industry. “You’re not going to need to bring me up to speed on the business of health care,” he said in his interview during the March 6th board meeting.

The former naval aviator and instructor pilot holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD and Designated Naval Aviator certification from the US Navy Flight School in Pensacola, FL and in 2009, earned an Accredited Advisor of Insurance credential from The Institutes.

Roberts also serves on several professional and community groups, including Healthcare Financial Management Association, Medical Group Management Association, Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Washington State Hospital Association and Washington State Rural Hospital Association. He is also a member of the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Foundation Board.

Roberts said he is eager to get to work serving on the hospital board and see the new hospital finally come to life, saying, “It’s going to convert some doubts into a real plus for this Valley.” 

The new Snoqualmie Valley Hospital is expected to open in late this year of early 2015.


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