Administration

Chief Executive Officer

Julie Petersen, CPA, joined Kittitas Valley Healthcare in June 2016.

Julie has extensive experience in healthcare. She is past chair of the Washington State Hospital Association, past chair of Washington Hospital Services, and the past president of the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts. She acted as the Chief Financial Officer for PMH Medical Center in Prosser Public Hospital District from 2001 to 2009.  She was then selected as the Chief Executive Officer for PMH, a position which she held through 2015.  She earned her undergraduate degree from Central Washington University.

Julie was named the 2013 Prosser Outstanding Woman of the Year. 

Chief Financial Officer

Elizabeth Allgood, MBA, joined Kittitas Valley Healthcare in October 2011 as Chief Financial Officer. In this role she is responsible for the accounting, financial reporting, and revenue cycle including patient financial services and health information management.  She is also responsible for the information technology services.

Elizabeth has worked in healthcare finance in Washington and Oregon for over 30 years. She has experience with small hospitals and large hospital systems, and both public and not-for-profit organizations. She earned her undergraduate degree from University of Oregon and her Master of Business Administration from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

Chief of Clinic Operations, Interim

Carrie Barr, BBM, joined KVH Internal Medicine in 1995. She became a Kittitas Valley Healthcare employee when the clinic joined the KVH system in 2005. In Carrie's role as the Chief of Clinic Operations, she oversees six KVH clinics. Her focus is to ensure that clinics provide high quality patient care, efficient service, and a safe environment for patients.

Carrie earned her bachelor's degree in business management and has 15 years of healthcare leadership experience. She has led teams in internal medicine, family practice, and geriatric nursing. She was the lead in forming KVH Orthopedics and KVH Women's Health clinics.

Chief Ancillary Officer

Rhonda Holden, MSN, RN, joined Kittitas Valley Healthcare in December 2009 and serves as Chief Ancillary Officer. In this role, Rhonda is responsible for many of the outpatient services of the hospital, including laboratory, diagnostic imaging, cardiopulmonary services, pharmacy, home health, hospice, and therapy services. 

Rhonda received her Registered Nurse diploma from Burge School of Nursing and her Bachelor's of Science degree in nursing from Drury University, both in Springfield, Missouri. She completed her Master of Science degree in nursing at Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She is Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP), a certification obtained from the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Rhonda represents the residents of Kittitas County and rural Critical Access Hospitals on the Washington State Emergency Cardiac and Stroke Technical Advisory Committee and the Washington State Stroke Council. Rhonda is also an active member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Northwest Association of Nurse Executives and the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety.

Chief Nursing Officer, Interim

Vicky Machorro, RN, joined Kittitas Valley Healthcare as a night shift nurse on the critical care unit of KVH Hospital in 1994. She is now the interim Chief Nursing Officer. In this role, Vicky provides leadership for hospital nursing and professional staff to ensure consistent high quality patient care.  

Vicky was born and raised in Kittitas County. She earned her Registered Nurse diploma from Yakima Valley Community College, and left the area to work in nursing leadership in Texas and California before returning to Ellensburg. Vicky is an active member of the local emergency preparedness team.

Chief Medical Officer

Don Solberg, MD, became Chief Medical Officer for Kittitas Valley Healthcare in 2009. Dr. Solberg practiced medicine at KVH Family Medicine - Ellensburg from 1979 until his retirement from providing direct patient care on July 1, 2016. Prior to joining KVH, Dr. Solberg practiced medicine for two years in the mountain town of Granby, Colorado.

Dr. Solberg's role at KVH includes recruitment and supervision of KVH-employed physicians, support for quality assurance and improvement programs, and representation of physician perspective to KVH senior administration and the Kittitas County Public Hospital District No. 1 Board of Commissioners.

He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from University of Washington School of Medicine and completed his residency at Weld County General Hospital, now Northern Colorado Medical Center, in Greeley, Colorado. Dr. Solberg is an active member of the morning Rotary Club of Ellensburg, and is a member of the board of directors for Laughing Horse Arts Foundation and Jazz in the Valley, serving as treasurer for over 20 years.

Director of Community Relations

Amy Diaz, MS, joined Kittitas Valley Healthcare in June 2011 as the Director of Community Relations. In this role, she is responsible for internal and external communications, community relations, media relations, marketing, and visual displays of data. She also acts as the organization's public information officer in emergency situations.

Amy has worked in public health and healthcare communications for 10 years. She received her undergraduate and master's degrees from Central Washington University, and was trained as an advanced public information officer by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. She is a member of the Washington Emergency Public Information Network.  

Director of Quality

Mandee Olsen, RN, BSN, CPHQ, joined KVH in 2008 as a charge nurse on the Medical Surgical Unit. She stepped into her current role as the Director of Quality in 2012. Mandee is responsible for the areas of quality, risk management, infection control, employee health, medical staff services, and process improvement at KVH. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and an Institute for Healthcare Improvement Patient Safety Executive Officer. Mandee currently represents KVH on the Washington State Hospital Association's Rural Quality Patient Safety Committee and with the Greater Columbia Accountable Community of Health.

Mandee was raised in the lower Yakima Valley and moved to Kittitas County in 2008. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Washington.

Director of Human Resources

Carrie Youngblood joined the Human Resources Department at KVH in March 2009. She stepped into her current role of Director of Human Resources in 2015. Carrie is responsible for the areas of human resources, medical staff recruitment, staff development, student and volunteer services, and the KVH Community Health Library.

Carrie has lived in Kittitas County since 1992 and has over 20 years of experience in human resources and recruiting. She has represented KVH at several national conferences with a special emphasis on the integration of Lean into healthcare human resource departments.

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