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 serves on the Board of Directors for the Ellensburg Downtown Association.
Chief Financial Officer
Elizabeth Allgood, MBA, joined Kittitas Valley Healthcare in October 2011 as Chief Financial Officer. In this role she is responsible for accounting, financial reporting, materials management, information systems, and the revenue cycle including registration, billing, and health information management.
Libby began her career at North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City, Oregon. She has extensive experience in healthcare financial management in small and large hospitals, public hospital districts, and not-for-profit systems in Washington and Oregon. She is a Pacific Northwest native. She earned her undergraduate degree in Public Administration from University of Oregon and her Master of Business Administration from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
After spending many years working in the large urban healthcare environment, Libby was happy to return to rural healthcare where there is a more direct relationship with patients and the community. She is a member of the Board for the Open Door Health Clinic.
Chief of Clinic Operations
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 seven 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. Both of her parents were raised in Ellensburg. Carrie's mother and grandmother both worked at KVH, and her father recently retired from a 30-year career with Kittitas County. Carrie and her husband are both proud to serve our community, and hope that their tradition of giving back will continue to be passed down through the generations.
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. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Hospice Friends.
Rhonda lives in Roslyn and enjoys representing Upper Kittitas County on strategic initiatives. Her passion is ensuring that Kittitas County has safe, reliable, and necessary healthcare services.
Chief Nursing Officer
Vicky Machorro, RN, started her nursing career at KVH in 1976. She left the area to pursue nursing experience in California and Texas, but rejoined Kittitas Valley Healthcare as a night shift nurse on the critical care unit of KVH Hospital in 1994. She is now the Chief Nursing Officer. In this role, Vicky provides leadership for hospital nursing and professional staff to ensure consistent high quality patient care. She is an advocate for patients and nurses.
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 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. Although it was difficult for Mandee to leave bedside nursing, she enjoys her work in quality and process improvement to "cure" systems that have the ability to affect the health and safety of a far greater number of patients than her previous one-on-one interactions.
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 also comes from a long line of nurses and healthcare providers, including a grandfather who was a cardiologist and medic in World War II. Her mother and aunts were all nurses. She has represented KVH at several national conferences with a special emphasis on the integration of Lean into healthcare human resource departments.
Director of Community Relations
Michele Wurl joined Kittitas Valley Foundation in 2014 as the Director of the Foundation at Kittitas Valley Healthcare. She moved to the role of Director of Community Relations in December, 2017. In this role she oversees a team responsible for public communications, community outreach and media relations.
Michele grew up in central Illinois and attended the University of Kansas. Moving to Washington in 1995, Michele began her career at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle where she spent eleven years as a Project Manager in the Human Immunogenetics Program. In 2006, Michele and her husband decided it was time to return to the quieter life they were accustomed to and moved to central Washington, where her husband was born and raised.
Prior to joining KVH Michele served the dual role of foundation executive director for Quincy Valley Medical Center Foundation and director of marketing and public relations for Quincy Valley Medical Center. It was during this time Michele developed a passion for rural medicine and the importance of local, community healthcare systems.