White Salmon, Wash. – Skyline Hospital announced the appointment of a hospital district commissioner at a special meeting held on January 3, 2108. White Salmon resident, Paul Pennington, M.D., joins the five commissioner board bringing a breadth of health care expertise to the table.
A graduate of the University of Oregon Medical School, Dr. Pennington practiced family medicine at Klickitat Valley Health in Goldendale, Wash., for 20 years – managing its clinic for the last 15. He also served as its Chief of Medical Staff and worked closely with the hospital’s administrator and board. After leaving KVH in 1995 he taught family medicine residents at Valley Medical Center in Renton, Wash., retiring in 2010. Dr. Pennington still maintains his medical skills by practicing several weeks a year in rural Alaskan hospitals.
“We are thrilled to have a physician join the board,” said Les Dewey, Skyline Hospital board chair. “Dr. Pennington’s medical knowledge, as well his ability to look at issues through the lens of the community will be a great strength as we negotiate the current and coming challenges to our local health care system.”
“Health care delivery is rapidly changing, and I believe the hospital board has a critical role in successfully managing these changes,” said Dr. Pennington. “I want to help ensure the continuation of local, compassionate, high-quality and cost effective health care for our community.”
Skyline Hospital’s elected board of commissioners comprise of Les Dewey, Chair; Jonathan Blake, Vice Chair; Juliet Pouillon, Secretary; Paul Pennington, M.D., and Don Schaack.