KVH commissioners Terry Clark and Jon Ward earn Health Care Governance Certification

The certificate represents awardee’s commitment to effective health care leadership.

Ellensburg, WA – March 15, 2021 – Commissioners Terry Clark and Jon Ward of Kittitas Valley Healthcare (KVH) have spent the last year strengthening their understanding of hospital governance and ability to enhance board effectiveness through participation in the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) and Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts (AWPHD) Health Care Governance Education program.

Terry and Jon earned the Health Care Governance certification in 2020, in a year where outreach and educational opportunities were limited.

“KVH is proud of Terry and Jon for their dedication to equipping themselves with the best skills to meet the needs of our patients and broader community”, stated Julie Petersen, Kittitas Valley Healthcare CEO. “The KVH Board of Commissioners are committed to maintaining a high quality health care system that meets the current and future healthcare needs of our community. As a team, they seek out educational opportunities and bring their unique skills to help us continually improve our operations for our employees and our patients.”

“As a newer board member the WSHA governance program was invaluable in preparing me for the role as a commissioner,” stated Commissioner Jon Ward. “Their presentations and seminars encouraged us to embrace our governance role while thinking strategically about the future vision and direction of KVH. I’m confident that having completed the program I am better prepared to serve the members of our community as we strive to grow our healthcare offerings, protect our financial viability, and support the strong management team we are fortunate to have in place at the Kittitas Valley Healthcare organization.”

KVH Commissioner Terry Clark stated “the development of leadership skills is an unremittingly obligation of the Board of Commissioners, CEO and Senior Leadership. Developing leadership skills with long term goals will allow our healthcare leadership to be proactive as needs arise. A proactive approach is what we are seeing in the delivery of the Covid-19 response in Kittitas County. This is the fundamental reason that Kittitas County is meeting and exceeding the needs of our community members with our Covid-19 response.”

WSHA and AWPHD launched the Health Care Governance Education program in 2019 to help increase the skills and expertise of those who govern Washington state health systems. This includes hospital executive leadership, members of boards of directors and public hospital districts’ elected commissioners. Forty-five individuals representing 27 hospitals and health systems across Washington State earned their Health Care Governance certification in 2020.

“As health care leaders, we have a responsibility to educate ourselves on how to best assist our hospitals and health systems in meeting the needs of our patients and the greater community,” WSHA Hospital Governing Boards Committee Chair Buffy Alegria said. “The Health Care Governance Education program is a valuable opportunity to expand our knowledge.”

About Kittitas Valley Healthcare
Situated in the heart of Washington, Kittitas County Public Hospital District No. 1 provides care to Kittitas County and surrounding areas. The public hospital district is governed by a five-member elected Board of Commissioners and is almost exclusively supported by revenue generated from patient services.

Kittitas County Public Hospital District No. 1 does business as Kittitas Valley Healthcare (KVH).

KVH Hospital provides 24-hour emergency care and offers inpatient and outpatient hospital services.

KVH provides care through clinics and specialty services in both Upper and Lower Kittitas County. KVH clinics include ear, nose, throat & allergy, dermatology, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics general surgery, urgent care, vascular surgery, women’s health, work place health. Specialty services provide home health, hospice, physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy and wound care services.

About the Washington State Hospital Association
The Washington State Hospital Association advocates for and provides value to members in achieving their missions and improving the health of their communities. WSHA represents more than 100 hospitals and health systems in the state, including those that are non-profit, investor-owned, and county, state and military hospitals. The Quadruple Aim guides our members and our work as we strive to reduce the cost of health care and improve the patient experience, the clinician experience and the health of our communities. Visit for more information.

About the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts
Founded in 1952, the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts (AWPHD) serves the fifty-six districts created by local citizens. The PHDs are comprised of hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and emergency medical services (EMS) in thirty-two Washington counties. Each public hospital district is governed by a board of publicly elected commissioners. AWPHD are professional advocates, educators and conveners to assist out members provide the highest level of care to our communities. Learn more at or @AWPHDs on social media.