Governor Appoints Holden to Represent Rural Hospitals


Rhonda Holden, chief nursing officer and patient care services administrator for Kittitas Valley Healthcare, has been appointed to the statewide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Trauma Care Steering Committee.  The appointment was made by Washington Governor Jay Inslee. 

The EMS and Trauma Care Steering Committee provides guidance and direction to the Washington State Department of Health.  Some of the committee’s responsibilities include the review of proposed rules for EMS and trauma care and general advisement on EMS and trauma care needs throughout the state.  The committee also oversees nine technical advisory committees with more than 150 members from various disciplines.

Of the 31-member committee, Rhonda will be the sole representative of rural hospitals.  She has been a member of Emergency Cardiac and Stroke Committee, one of the nine technical advisory committees overseen by the EMS and Trauma Care Steering Committee, since 2007.

“It is an honor to have been selected to represent rural hospitals for Washington State,” said Holden.  “I look forward to my expanded involvement in EMS and trauma care within Washington State.”

Holden is a registered nurse who joined KVH in 2009.  She received a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Walden University, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

For more information about the EMS and Trauma Care Steering Committee, visit the Washington State Department of Health website at