Following 19 years of service, Joan Baird Glover will resign her position on the Board of Commissioners for Kittitas County Public Hospital District No. 1. The position, which is publicly elected, oversees the operations of the public hospital district that covers Lower Kittitas County. The public hospital district does business as Kittitas Valley Healthcare.
Joan was first elected to the Board of Commissioners in November 1995 and took office on January 1, 1996. She will have completed exactly nineteen years of service when she resigns on December 31, 2014.
“The dedication and diligence with which Joan has served our community over the past nineteen years is inspiring,” said Mike Smith, KVH Board of Commissioners President. “Her contributions to the KVH Board of Commissioners and to healthcare in Kittitas County have had a profound impact – in tangible ways.”
During Joan’s tenure, Kittitas Valley Healthcare transformed from a hospital into a coordinated care delivery system, encompassing services ranging from primary to acute care and specialty services. The overall quest for excellence emphasized by the Board, especially in the quality of healthcare provided, earned the hospital a place in the top 20 of 1300 critical access hospitals nationwide.
Joan has also been closely involved with the leadership and guidance of hospitals statewide, serving on the Board of Trustees for the Washington State Hospital Association since 2010. She was awarded the prestigious Joe Hopkins Memorial Award for outstanding leadership by that organization in October 2013, becoming the first board member to ever receive the award.
Following Joan’s resignation, the KVH Board of Commissioners will begin accepting letters of interest for the position that will be vacated. Further details on letter of interest submission will be available on the KVH website in early January.