(THE DALLES, Ore.- March 2, 2022) – The Mid-Columbia Medical Center
Board of Trustees has elected Vice Chair Robb Van Cleave to serve as Board
Chair succeeding, Phil Brady, who has resigned to run for public office.
Brady served on the board for 7 ½ years, the last three as Board Chair.
“Since joining the board two years ago, Robb has shown an unwavering
commitment to ensuring local residents have access to quality health care,”
said Brady. “Robb possesses not only incredible leadership but also
the thoughtfulness this position requires. He is the right person to take
on this role at such an important time when MCMC is making bold plans
for the future of health care in our community, including exploring a
strategic partnership to enhance and grow access to high-quality health
care right here at home.”
Van Cleave has extensive experience as a not-for-profit board leader at
the state, national and international levels. His experience includes
serving two terms as a gubernatorial appointment to the SAIF Corporation
Board of Directors as well as serving on the Wounded Warrior Project national
Board of Directors and the Society for Human Resource Management international
Board of Directors.
He has held a wide variety of executive positions with organizations including
Wasco County, Columbia Gorge Community College, Oregon’s Local Government
Personnel Institute and the Association of Oregon Counties and is currently
employed by Klickitat County. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from
Oregon State University.
Nolan Young Joins Board as Trustee
Selected to the MCMC board is Nolan K. Young, a resident of Oregon for
38 years and of The Dalles for the past 24 years. He brings to the board
four decades of experience in public administration having worked for
five cities during his career: Milton-Freewater, Oregon; Clinton, Utah;
Reedsport, Oregon; The Dalles, and he recently retired as the City Manager
of Fairview, Oregon.
Young is currently volunteering as a Senior Advisor in Eastern Oregon for
the International City Managers Association. He has a Master of Public
Administration degree from Brigham Young University. Young and his wife,
Geo, have three children who all graduate from The Dalles High School.
Suzanne Knapp Joins Board as Trustee
Suzanne Knapp has also been chosen to serve on the MCMC board as trustee.
A resident of Maupin, Knapp recently served as Maupin City Councilor for
two terms and is currently the chair of the board of directors for the
White River Health District and Deschutes Rim Clinic Foundation where
she is overseeing the capital campaign for and construction of a new clinic.
She previously served on the board for the Mid-Columbia Economic Development
District representing Wasco County Cities.
A natural-resources professional, Knapp has worked most of her career for
the State of Oregon having served as a research project leader, Watershed
District Manager, and a Natural Resource Policy Advisory in the Kulongoski
Administration. She was the lead representative for Oregon in the Klamath
River Restoration Agreement and co-lead in the state’s salmon recovery
efforts. Knapp earned a master’s degree from Eastern Washington
University and bachelor’s degrees from Boise State University and
The College of Idaho.
“I am honored to serve as board chair during such an important time
in the history of MCMC,” said Van Cleave. “Please join me
in welcoming Nolan and Sue to the board. We look forward to doing great
work together to ensure that local residents have access to quality health
care, now and for generations to come.”
About Mid-Columbia Medical Center
Founded in 1901, 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
fully 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 to become active partners in their own health
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