Scott Adams, CEO of Pullman Regional Hospital, Recognized for Outstanding Leadership

Oct 22, 2014


PULLMAN – Scott Adams, Chief Executive Officer of Pullman Regional Hospital, was awarded the prestigious Joe Hopkins Memorial Award for outstanding leadership by the Washington State Hospital Association in Seattle on October 16.

The Joe Hopkins Award is named after the former hospital association chair and hospital administrator who lost his battle with cancer in 1987. The award was created in honor of Hopkins’s outstanding leadership and special qualities of warmth, persistence, insight, hardworking attitude and humor. It recognizes individuals who exhibit similar qualities in service to hospitals in Washington State and is among the highest honors given by the association.

“Scott is widely respected by his peers, physicians, leadership team members, staff members and the community as a whole,” said Tricia Grantham, President of the Pullman Regional Hospital Board of Commissioners. “He is well known as a person of great integrity and progressive thinking while being responsive to the healthcare needs of the region.”

Adams has held the position of CEO at Pullman Regional Hospital for more than 20 years. Some of his accomplishments during that time include:

  • Leading the construction of a new, state-of-the-art Critical Access Hospital,

  • Development of Community Health 2020, a vision going forward that will provide opportunities for a self-determining and sustainable future, and

  • Securing primary and specialty practices that provide a vital, vibrant continuum of high quality health care providers to serve the community.

 “Scott has built an incredible community asset in Pullman,” said Scott Bond, President and CEO of the Washington State Hospital Association. “He has been skillful in organizing his hospital for the future, and has really been creative in the way he has marshalled support from others to create something special. He brings compassion and stability, but also vision and a willingness to change. Those are good traits to have in combination.”

Adams was an early convert to the movement to improve the quality of hospital care, and moved his leadership team through GE's renowned Six Sigma training program 15 years ago. His innovative leadership was even recognized in Seattle when he won Seattle Business Magazine’s Healthcare Leader of the Year Award in 2009.

“WSHA and AWPHD were made better by having Scott on the board,” said Jeff Mero, WSHA Vice President for Rural System Development, and recently, executive director of AWPHD. “He speaks rarely, but seems always to capture the essence of the debate and offer the sharp edges of a solution when called upon. But he also exemplifies that as CEO, listening carefully to his staff, his board, and his community.”

Adams has served on both the board of WSHA and of the Association of Public Hospital Districts, as well as on the boards of his local United Way and Chamber of Commerce.

About Pullman Regional Hospital

Pullman Regional Hospital is located in Pullman, Washington at the heart of the Palouse, a vast geographic area spanning southeastern Washington and northern Idaho. The hospital overlooks the campus of Washington State University, a PAC-12 school. We provide an array of treatment and prevention services, each at the forefront of the medical industry and designed to provide the most comprehensive benefits to our patients.

More about Pullman Regional Hospital, including their latest innovations and the Community Health 2020 plan can be found at

About WSHA

The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) represents all of Washington’s 99 community hospitals. The association takes a major leadership role in issues that affect delivery, quality, accessibility, affordability and continuity of health care. It works to improve the health status of the residents of Washington State. WSHA is online at


Introduction to 2014 Joe Hopkins Award Recipient given by Julie Petersen, WSHA Chair and CEO at Prosser Memorial Hospital at Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) meeting in Seattle on October 16, 2014.

Now it is now my privilege to announce the recipient of this year’s Joe Hopkins Award.Every year, the presentation of the Joe Hopkins Memorial Award is a special moment for the WSHA family. The award is named after a former WSHA chair and hospital administrator, a leader taken from us too quickly and far too soon in 1987.
Joe’s qualities of warmth, persistence, leadership, insight, and humor represent the best in health care leadership just as clearly today as they did then. This is the only WSHA award that recognizes an individual for his or her contributions, and the only one that is a surprise (we hope) to the winner. The winner is chosen from nominees sent in from the WSHA family; former Hopkins Award winners decide which nominee best represents the Hopkins Spirit. It is my understanding that the calls to determine the winner are great fun-right up until a decision has to get made. Past winners, being shown on the screen behind me, hail from both sides of the Cascades, from hospitals large and small. The common thread that binds our winners as a group is an unwavering commitment to hospitals, to the people that make them work, and to the people who are in our care. 
Let me tell you about the 2014 winner:The very first thing that needs to be said is that our winner this year is a person who speaks rarely, but seems always to capture the essence of the debate and offer the sharp edges of a solution when called upon.
Our Joe Hopkins award goes this year to an individual with a long record of very stable leadership in our state. At a time when the average length of tenure in a position is under six years, this year's winner is an exception. Our winner has served in leadership positions in both the Washington State Hospital Association and the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts. Despite living on the “wrong side” of the Cascade Curtain, our winner cast a shadow large enough to win the Seattle Business Magazine's Healthcare Leader of the Year Award in 2009. Even with the inescapable time demands that any hospital leader faces, our winner serves on the Boards of his local United Way and Chamber of Commerce. Our winner was an early convert to the movement to improve the quality of hospital care, moving his leadership team through GE's renowned Six Sigma training program fifteen years ago. His success in creating a top-tier healthcare organization is a testament to vision-driven strategic planning: he and his team are committed to creating the health care their community deserves.
It's an impressive list.  I think, though, that the real key to our winner's success all began with his undergraduate degree in zoology!
Please join me in honoring the 2014 Joe Hopkins Award winner, SCOTT ADAMS from Pullman Regional!

Julie Petersen, WSHA Chair and CEO at Prosser Memorial Hospital, announces the 2014 Joe Hopkins Memorial Award to Scott Adams.

Scott Adams receives the 2014 Joe Hopkins Memorial Award.

Pullman Regional Hospital and Adams’ family joined in the announcement (in Pullman via Skype) on the day of the awards ceremony.

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