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Long-time Tillamook Executive Retires

Donna Bechthold, RN, BA, recently retired from her role as vice president of patient care services at Tillamook (Ore.) County General Hospital. She has served as the top nursing leader at the hospital since 1987.

During her service at TCGH, Bechthold played key roles in launching the Healthy Families/Healthy Start program in Tillamook County as well as in creating partnerships with Tillamook Bay Community College and Clatstop Community College to establish RN nursing clinical programs at TCGH.

"We very much appreciate Donna's 24 years of leadership for patient care," says Larry Davy, hospital president. "Her extraordinary commitment to mission, excellence and quality in health care will leave a lasting legacy in Tillamook County."

Karen Kellar, RN, MSN, has assumed the role left by Bechthold. Kellar holds a B.S. in nursing from Washington State University and a master's degree in nursing leadership and management from the University of Southern Indiana. Her areas of clinical experience include cardiac, labor and delivery, post-anesthesia recovery, medical surgical, emergency, and home care.

New Corporate Senior Vice President Assumes Role

Bill Wing has been named senior vice president for system performance and strategy of Adventist Health, according to Robert Carman, president and CEO of the integrated health care system. Wing assumed the role previously held by Scott Reiner, who was promoted to executive vice president and COO upon Larry Dodds' retirement May 13. Wing assumed his new responsibilities June 1.

In this position, Wing will direct system strategy planning, manage system operating performance and educate/implement strategies in response to federal, state or health plan initiatives, along with other responsibilities. Wing will also provide direction and oversight as board chairman at five California hospitals.

Wing has more than 20 years of health-care experience, including information technology, finance, strategic planning, process/performance improvement, hospital operations, health plan operations, managed care and physician practice management.

Previously, Wing was senior vice president for RevWorks at Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, Mo., prior to joining Cerner, he was the senior vice president for Performance Excellence at Florida Hospital. He has held four other vice president positions while at Florida Hospital.

Wing has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Southern College (now Southern Adventist University) in Collegedale, Tenn., as well as an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tenn.

July 01, 2011 / Adventist Health
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Brittany Russell Dobbs, Adventist Health GLEANER correspondent