by Rita Waterman and Kathy Marson
WALLA WALLA, Wash., May 24, 2016 - Monty Knittel, president and CEO of Walla Walla General Hospital has been named president and CEO of Feather River Hospital in Paradise, Calif. according to Jeff Eller, president and CEO of the Northern California Region of Adventist Health. Knittel, who has worked nearly 30 years at Adventist Health—with nine years as a hospital CEO—will begin his role on June 6.
“I am grateful that we’ve found someone with Monty’s depth of experience, leadership and track record of cultivating strong community relations. He is well known for building engagement with important stakeholders and civic leaders,” says Eller. “I also would like to thank Rick Rawson for his interim role and service to the hospital and Paradise community for the past few months.”
While at Walla Walla General Hospital in Walla Walla Wash., Knittel initiated and completed construction of a $16 million, 18,000 square-foot remodel of the hospital that included a new emergency department, centralized patient admitting and front entrance.
"Monty has been an enormous blessing for WWGH and the Walla Walla community!" says Paul Hoover, president of Upper Columbia Conference, "Not only has he navigated the hospital through the turbulent waters of change in health care, he has done it with grace, wisdom and compassion. Monty incarnates the healing ministry of Jesus! He and Patty will be missed and I would invite you to join me in praying for them as they transition."
Prior to WWGH, Knittel worked from 1987 to 2007 at Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. During his tenure, he progressed through several roles culminating in vice president of business development and marketing for the Pacific Northwest Region which includes AMC in Portland, Tillamook Regional Medical Center and WWGH.
Throughout his time in Washington and Oregon, he served on the boards of many community organizations such as the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce; the Washington State Hospital Association; and the executive committee of Upper Columbia Conference. While in Portland, Knittel was the founding president of the East Portland Chamber of Commerce continuing as a board member from 1996 to 2007. He currently represents Adventist Health on the Walla Walla University board and will continue in that capacity for the time being. Knittel earned a bachelor’s degree from Pacific Union College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Montana. He and his wife, Patty, have two adult children.
According to Joyce Newmyer, president and CEO of the Pacific Northwest Region of Adventist Health, Bob Beehler has been named interim president and CEO of WWGH. Beehler, who has spent more than 35 years in the hospital operations—with 10 years as a hospital CEO—will begin his role on June 6. Beehler, vice president at Adventist Health is responsible for market development.
Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 260 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 15 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers.
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