Hospital ponders adding new position to executive team

As WhidbeyHealth continues its efforts to reinvent itself, its board is considering adding a new position at the executive level.

At Monday’s regular meeting, Chief Operating Officer Colleen Clark recommended adding a chief medical officer to the hospital’s administration. The position would act as a liaison between medical staff and other members of the executive team.

There wouldn’t be an added cost to make the change because the surgical services medical director and medical quality director positions would be eliminated and the responsibilities absorbed by the new medical chief, Clark said. The employee health medical director position would also be eliminated, she told hospital commissioners.

Most major hospitals, including many of the surrounding ones, have a chief medical officer, Clark said. The new chief would also work with quality and safety, chair the Utilizations Review Committee and participate in strategic and organizational discussions.

“We do not have a physician sitting at the table with us,” Clark said Monday.

Dr. Doug Langrock, who is chief of staff, does sit at the table next to members of WhidbeyHealth’s administration during regular meetings, but the position is not part of the executive team.

A chief medical officer is a physician and an administrator who leads the medical staff.

CEO Ron Telles said he is in favor of adding the new chief. He said it’s a “provider-focused” approach and will be “patient centric.”

Clark will present the proposal to WhidbeyHealth’s Medical Executive Committee in early January before bringing it back to the board for a final decision.

More in News

Chris Stack and Samantha Soule film a scene of their movie, "Midday Black, Midnight Blue," on the Coupeville wharf June 14. (Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)
Indie crew films movie on Whidbey

Island becomes backup after Michigan locale falls through.

More federal relief money than expected headed to Whidbey

Whidbey Island will soon receive millions of dollars of American Rescue Plan funding.

Oak Harbor Public School photo - group
Oak Harbor top 10 reveal their plans post-high school

Oak Harbor High School seniors graduate on June 19.

Clockwise from top left: Drake Borden, Mollie Bailey, Marissa Malinowski, Owen Barenburg, Catherine Lhamon. (Photos provided)
Coupeville High School recognizes top five graduates

Coupeville High School’s top five seniors didn’t let a difficult pandemic year hold them back.

Photo courtesy America's Boating Club of Deception Pass
Inquiring minds hoping to nab that crab will have two opportunities to learn the tips and tricks of the trade this month before the recreational season opens July 1.
Boating Club holding free seminar on crabbing

Crabbers have two chances this month to learn tips and tricks before the season opens on July 1.

WhidbeyHealth lists vacant property for $727,500

WhidbeyHealth has listed a 4.56 acre vacant property for sale on the real estate website Zillow.

Annie Philp, center, leads student counter-protesters. (Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)
Students counter a protest against social justice education

Hundreds of demonstrators lined the street in front of South Whidbey High School Friday afternoon.

A banner celebrating the South Whidbey High School class of 2021 was vandalized, and the Black Lives Matter banner next to it was stolen. (Photo provided by Josephine Moccia)
Black Lives Matter sign stolen from in front of school

A banner celebrating 2021 graduates was also left vandalized.

Port gets $100K grant to improve broadband

Island County commissioners voted last week to approve Port of Coupeville’s application for funding.

Most Read