Joan Baird Glover recognized for outstanding leadership


The following press release was distributed by the Washington State Hospital Association.  See the original release on WSHA's website.

Joan Baird Glover, board member of Kittitas Valley Healthcare, was awarded the prestigious Joe Hopkins Memorial Award for outstanding leadership by the Washington State Hospital Association in Seattle on October 17. Glover is the first hospital board member to receive the award.

The Joe Hopkins Award is named after the former hospital association chair and hospital administrator who lost his battle with cancer in 1987. The award was created in honor of Hopkins’s outstanding leadership and special qualities of warmth, persistence, insight, hardworking attitude and humor. It recognizes individuals who exhibit similar qualities in service to hospitals in Washington State and is among the highest honors given by the association.

Glover has been a member of the Kittitas Valley Healthcare Board of Commissioners since 1996. While on the board, the hospital has transformed into a coordinated care delivery system, encompassing services ranging from primary to acute care and specialty services.

“The contributions of board members, both to the organization and the community, are critical to the success of rural hospitals like KVH Hospital,” said Paul Nurick, CEO of Kittitas Valley Healthcare.  “Joan Baird Glover is an extraordinary example of the dedicated and service-oriented board members who serve statewide.”

Beyond her own organization, Glover is a champion for access to health care, particularly in rural areas. She has served on the Board of Trustees for the Washington State Hospital Association, where she helped set the policy agenda. Over the years Glover has served on a number of statewide committees, including the patient safety committee where she works to drive forward quality in Washington State.  

“Joan brings a rare style of leadership that combines compassion with the drive to get things done,” said Scott Bond, President and CEO of the Washington State Hospital Association.  “Our state and our association is blessed to have her energy and willingness to stand for and with our patients. Because of her tireless commitment, health care in Washington State is better.”

Joan and her husband own an apple and pear orchard overlooking the Kittitas Valley. Prior to moving to Ellensburg in 1988, her professional experience included public affairs and public information administration at two hospitals in Houston.

The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) represents all of Washington’s 98 community hospitals. The association takes a major leadership role in issues that affect delivery, quality, accessibility, affordability and continuity of health care. It works to improve the health status of the residents of Washington State. WSHA is online at