News Notes

February 02, 2017

Bockmann Named CEO of Walla Walla General Hospital

Rick Bockmann has been named president and CEO of Walla Walla General Hospital in Walla Walla, Wash., according to Joyce Newmyer, president and CEO of the Pacific Northwest Region of Adventist Health. Bockmann, who has served as CEO of Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits, Calif., since 2011, began his new role on Dec. 12, 2016. He replaced Bob Beehler, who has served as interim CEO of Walla Walla General for the last several months.

“I am grateful that we’ve found someone with Rick’s depth of experience, strong leadership and operational expertise,” says Newmyer. “I’d also like to thank Bob for his service to the hospital and community for the past few months.”

Bockmann is a seasoned health care executive and has held a number of leadership positions within Adventist Health. Before joining Howard Memorial, he was vice president of physician services at St. Helena Hospital in northern California. He’s also been a leader with Centura Health and the Portercare Adventist Health System in addition to running his own health care consulting firm.

Bockmann has served on boards of several community organizations throughout his career, including the Colorado Medical Society Foundation, the American College of Health Care Executives and Campion Adventist Academy in Loveland, Colo. He earned a bachelor’s degree in theology from Loma Linda University in California and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Poole Named CFO of Adventist Medical Center

Aaron Poole has been named chief financial officer for Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Ore. Poole begins his role on Feb. 1. Prior to joining the team in Portland, he was the chief financial officer for Ukiah Valley Medical Center, an Adventist Health facility in northern California. He has an Master of Business Administration from University of California, Davis and is a certified public accountant. He began his career at Adventist Health at Oregon's Tillamook Regional Medical Center and has also worked at the Adventist Healthc corporate office, playing an integral role in budget and reimbursement. Poole and his wife are excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest.

Don Welch will remain the chief financial officer of Adventist Health's Pacific Northwest Region, a role he has held while also serving as CFO of Adventist Medical Center.