Two local business and community leaders – Victor Mondragon and Dr.
Joe Robertson -- have been elected to the board of trustees of Mid-Columbia
“With their deep ties to the local community, both of our new trustees
make excellent additions to our board,” said hospital President
and CEO Dennis Knox. “They are both passionate about enriching the
health and well-being of everyone who lives here, and we look forward
to working with them as the hospital continues to grow and evolve along
with our community.”
Victor Mondragon was born and raised in The Dalles and grew up working with his parents
in the local seasonal cherry harvests. After receiving his bachelor's
degree from Oregon State University in 2014, Mondragon returned to the
Gorge with the goal of giving back to the same community that helped raise
him. He brings to the MCMC Board a background in social services with
expertise in serving sexual and domestic violence survivors in rural communities.
Mondragon currently works at the Hood River County Public Health Department
as an outreach and enrollment specialist for the Oregon Health Plan. He
is also a volunteer for the Hood River County Migrant and Seasonal Workers
Task Force COVID-19 response team.
Joe Robertson, M.D., grew up in rural Indiana and has lived in the Gorge for many years.
He came to Oregon as an OHSU ophthalmology resident in 1979 and rose through
the ranks to become department chair in 1997, Dean of the School of Medicine
in 2003, and President of OHSU from 2006 to 2018. Dr. Robertson is now
semi-retired, but still has an appointment as Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology
and remains clinically active in his role as Director of the Ophthalmic
Ultrasound Service. He serves as OHSU Director of Global Health and is
also a member of the board of the Ford Family Foundation which is dedicated
to improving life in rural Oregon. Dr. Robertson graduated from the Oregon
Executive MBA program in 1997 as co-valedictorian of his class. He joined
the MCMC board in 2021.
Founded in 1901 and located in The Dalles, Mid-Columbia Medical Center
is a nationally recognized hospital dedicated to serving residents of
The Dalles and its surrounding communities. In 1992, MCMC became the first
hospital in the nation to integrate the Planetree philosophy of patient
care, which emphasizes the need to address a person’s intellectual,
environmental, emotional and spiritual concerns in addition to their physical
needs. As a Planetree-affiliated hospital, MCMC works to provide a caring,
nurturing and educational environment; puts great efforts into humanizing
and demystifying the medical experience; and strives to empower people
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