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Pullman Regional Hospital 2021 Annual Report

Pullman Regional Hospital is a community leader of integrated health and healing activities where our values guide and inspire, and science and technology quietly enable people to comfort, encourage, and heal.

COVID-19 Resiliency & Partners in Growth

2021 tested our resiliency. The pandemic continued to present its challenges through caring for very sick patients, full beds at transfer partner hospitals and daily vigilance over our supplies, PPE, and most importantly, our people. Pullman Regional Hospital and our network of clinics is people. We retained 98% of our employees during the COVID-19 Washington State vaccine mandate—a testament to the strength of our culture and the commitment of our people. A shared commitment to persist, adapt and overcome is why we can look back today and reflect on growth.

In 2021, we welcomed fourteen new physicians to the Palouse. We opened Pullman Surgical Associates in September, a new general surgery and gastroenterology practice with well-established local surgeons Dr. Nancy Panko and Dr. John Visger. Our new practice model supports a simplified, patient-focused experience. Dr. Panko and Dr. Visger see and treat scheduled patients in the office and OR and we expanded the team through the addition of two nationally recognized general surgeons, Dr. Ron Martin and Dr. Randy Zuckerman, who cover emergency and unscheduled surgery.

The WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program at Pullman Regional Hospital earned accreditation in 2021 and we broke ground on the construction of the clinic where physician residents will treat patients and learn from members of our local medical community. While we’ve always been a teaching hospital, this partnership elevates our ability to recruit and retain physicians of the highest caliber.

Scott AdamsWe also created a team approach to the crucial liaison role of Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Edwin Tingstad (orthopedic surgeon with Inland Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine), Dr. Stephen Hall (family medicine physician with Palouse Medical) and Dr. Peter Mikkelsen (PRH emergency medicine physician and director) have agreed to support the hospital and share these duties; they have longtime established careers and bring a wealth of expertise from different fields of medicine.

Despite the challenges 2020 and 2021 posed, this hospital is moving forward with a vision and plans for growth, better access to more specialty services and evolving as a regional destination for premiere health care. We can and will do this because we continue to invest in people. We are poised to do amazing things in the years to come. Expect more. Expect Excellence.

- Scott Adams, MPA, Chief Executive Officer at Pullman Regional Hospital


Hospital Board of Commissioners

The Pullman Regional Hospital Board of Commissioners, an elected body, is legally responsible for overseeing hospital district policies and organization with respect to the district’s operation, including the delivery of quality patient care and meeting community healthcare needs. The Pullman Regional Hospital's Board of Commissioners serve to adopt the necessary general policies to achieve these ends and to delegate day-to-day operational responsibility to the district administrator with respect to these policies. Commissioners meet monthly in-person at Pullman Regional Hospital with an option to also participate through Zoom. All board meetings are open to the public. Contact Pullman Regional Hospital Administration for more information (509) 336-7514.

Hospital Board of Commissioners

Jeff Elbracht, President

Patricia Grantham, Vice President

Sandra O'Keefe, Secretary

Michael Murphy, M.D.

Joe Pitzer

Margaret Werre

Karen Karpman

Hospital Leadership

Scott Adams
Scott Adams, MPA
Chief Executive Officer
Bernadette Berney, MSML
Chief Human Resources Officer
Carrie Coen (3)
Carrie Coen, DPT
Chief Reliability Officer
Jeannie Eylar (3)
Jeannie Eylar, MSN
Chief Nursing Officer
Steve Febus (3)
Steve Febus, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
Rueben-Mayes Current
Rueben Mayes, MBA, CFRE
Chief Development and External Relations Officer
Karly Port (2)
Karly Port, MBA
Chief Clinic Network Officer

Chief Medical Officers (CMOs)

In November, Pullman Regional Hospital and Clinic Network named three local physicians to serve on the Chief Medical Officer team. Dr. Stephen Hall, Dr. Pete Mikkelsen, and Dr. Edwin Tingstad share the duties of the Chief Medical Officer role which includes serving as a liaison to physicians to provide safe, effective medical services, supporting clinical departments, and serving on the hospital’s Administration Team. Learn More

Dr. Stephen Hall has been providing family medicine and obstetrical care since 1997 at Palouse Medical in Pullman, WA. He is also the Program Director for the Family Medicine Residency Program- Pullman, through Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. 

Stephen Hall, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Family Medicine Provider
Carrie Coen (3)

Chief Reliability Officer

Pullman Regional Hospital named Carrie Coen, DPT, Chief Reliability Officer. The new position was created to maintain a commitment as a high reliability organization and align and integrate systems of safety, clinical practice, quality and risk management, human resources, finance, and operational performance improvement. Metrics such as patient satisfaction scores, medication errors, alarm fatigue, workplace exposures and injuries, are examples of activities central to high reliability.

“Thirteen years of service at Pullman Regional Hospital directing rehabilitation services and providing patient care has given me thorough experience in recognizing risk, improving processes, furthering staff education, and working to make our systems, processes, and outcomes more reliable,” said Carrie Coen. “My goal is to support patient safety and staff engagement as we further our service to the community. I’m looking forward to supporting the hospital in new ways.”


New Physicians & Providers

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Jonathan Lee, MD
Pediatrician, Palouse Pediatrics
Usha Nandhini-1-1-1
Usha Nandhini, MD
Sleep Medicine Physician, Palouse Sleep Medicine
Erik Bayona
Erik Bayona, MD
Psychiatrist at Palouse Psychiatry & Behavioral Health
Aaron Vandenbos
Aaron Vandenbos, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon, Inland Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Clinic
Mat Taylor
Mathew Taylor, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon, Inland Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Clinic
Nancy Panko
Nancy Panko, MD
General Surgeon, Pullman Surgical Associates
John Visger
John Visger, MD
General Surgeon, Pullman Surgical Associates
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Ronald Martin, MD
Acute Care Surgeon, Pullman Surgical Associates
Randy Zuckerman, MD
Acute Care Surgeon, Pullman Surgical Associates
Johanna Taniguchi, ARNP
Gastroenterology Specialist, Pullman Surgical Associates
Katherine Baugher, DO
Katherine Baugher, DO
Emergency Medicine Physician, Emergency Department
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Garrett Luettgen, MD
Emergency Medicine Physician, Emergency Department
Brad Capawana, DPM
Podiatrist, Pullman Foot & Ankle
Justin Lytle, DO
Family Medicine Physician, Palouse Medical
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Dana Martin, CRNA
Pullman Anesthesia
Kyle Jennings, CRNA
Kyle Jennings, CRNA
Pullman Anesthesia
Troy Sibbett, CRNA
Pullman Anesthesia

By the Numbers

Visits to hospital clinics
Emergency Department Visits
Robotic Surgeries
COVID-19 Vaccines Administered
Babies Born
Total Donors
New Donors
70 %
% Staff RNs with BSN Degree

Pullman Regional Hospital is Financially Strong

The total margin for 2021 was $6,702,080
updated financial margin

DAISY Award 2021 Recipients

April 2021
Lisa Cordodor, RN

Lisa Cordodor, RN was nominated by a patient that shared "Lisa came in to see me before my procedure to discuss my surgery, my concerns, and how she could help me. I was reassured and she helped me work through my fears. Knowing Lisa was my advocate made me feel so much better."

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August 2021
Charles Gunkle, RN

Charles Gunkle, RN in BirthPlace was nominated by a patient who shared "from our first interaction, Charles made quite an impression. We immediately felt that we were in safe hands. His clear communication inspired confidence in the entire process.”

December 2021
Kelsey Weiss, RN

Kelsey Weiss, RN in the ICU was nominated by a grateful family member who expressed immense gratitude for easing worries and nerves about her mother's complex surgery and multiple-day hospital stay.

2021 Staff Recognition Awards

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Pullman Regional Hospital Employee of the Year
Anna Engle, RN

Anna has worked at the hospital for 16 years and is a Clinical Coordinator and registered nurse in the Medical/Surgical unit. Anna serves on numerous committees, and is praised for being a leader and team player.

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Nurse Excellence Award
Caitlin Carl, RN

Caitlin has worked at the hospital for 11 years and is a registered nurse in the Medical/Surgical unit. Caitlin is always quick to devote time and energy to efforts that continually improve patient care and teamwork.

Physician Excellence Award
Dr. Mike Frostad

Dr. Mike, as he’s known by most, is a staple of Palouse Pediatrics—which was founded by his father, Dr. Al Frostad.

Guardian Angel Wall
Honoring a Caregiver
Guardian Angel Awards

The Guardian Angel program gives grateful patients an opportunity to make a gift in honor of a caregiver. 

2021 honorees: Karen Geheb, M.D., Aaron Scott, M.D., Blake Brackin, RN, Aileen Tolman, RN & Pullman Regional Hospital Medical Surgical Unit Staff, John Keizur, M.D. (2 awards), Erin Rose, ATC, Dennis Simpson, M.D., John Visger, M.D.

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Generosity Inspires a Healing Environment
Jan Gaskins

Pre-Pandemic, Jan was one of our volunteers that ensured hospital reading materials were clean and looking their best for patients and visitors.

When volunteer programs halted, she jumped in and served countless plates of goodies to staff to keep them smiling and at their best for their patients.

Betsy Wheeler
Volunteer of the Year
Betsy Wheeler

When there is a job to be done, Betsy is always willing to jump in. She completes all of her volunteer work with accuracy and a smile.

Her positive attitude is contagious to others and she truly makes Pullman Regional Hospital a better place with her presence.

Cheryl Holman
Generosity Inspires Patient Comfort
Cheryl Holman

Cheryl is a member of the creative team and takes a strong lead on the sewing of rice bags for the BirthPlace. Cheryl does a perfect job sewing, but also does a great job coordinating the needs for other sewers. She picks up supplies at the hospital to distribute and then delivers the finished product to back to the hospital ready to be distributed to patients and staff.

Generosity Inspires Partnership
Peggy McDonnell

Peggy was instrumental in launching our Story Time and Pen Pal programs this year. She jumped in to make the first Story Time video which not only acted as an example for others to create their videos, but encouraged others to participate as well. Peggy was also one of our first volunteers to join the Pen Pal Program where she has built a fun relationship with the little guy that she writes back and forth with. 

A Gift of Time

Did you know that in a typical year, Pullman Regional Hospital has over 200 volunteers serving over 18,000 hours?! Volunteers are an essential and valued part of Pullman Regional Hospital & Clinic Network. From greeting visitors at the front door to serving in the gift shop, enhancing the experience for  patients and assisting at events- volunteers help each and every department at Pullman Regional Hospital continue to pursue excellence in healthcare. 

COVID-19 Testing

In partnership with Incyte Diagnostics, Pullman Regional Hospital opened a COVID-19 Testing Center on October 7, 2021. Testing is provided at 690 Bishop Blvd. Ste. D in Pullman, WA 8:30am-5:00pm by provider order.

Incyte Diagnostics is processing all tests and staffing the Testing Center. The leased space for the Testing Center is supported by Pullman Regional Hospital; $20,000 in funding was provided by the Whitman County Health Network.

“We are so grateful to expand our partnership with Incyte Diagnostics; we worked together to make this happen in two weeks, and that really speaks to the flexibility and commitment of our regional partners,” said Jeannie Eylar, Pullman Regional Hospital Chief Clinical Officer.

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COVID-19 Vaccines
Pediatric Vaccine Clinic @ SEL

In November, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) authorized COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5-11. Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories hosted pediatric vaccine clinics at the SEL Event Center in Pullman. Our provides and nurses attended and administered COVID-19 vaccines to the region's pediatric population. 

No Stress November

During the month of November, the Pullman Regional Hospital Wellness for Life and Generosity Inspires teams hosted activities to provide staff refreshment, relaxation, and appreciation. 

Employees had the opportunity to participate in 15-minute massages, Prescription Pet visits, goody bags, gift cards to local restaurants, snacks, paraffin hand wax & more!

Clinic Network Visits

In 2020, there were 39,715 total clinic visits. In 2021, the total clinic visits was 50,076- a 26% increase. There was also a 22% increase in surgical procedures from 2020. This follows the emerging national trend that people were less likely to seek routine or non-emergent medical care in 2020. 

Pullman Family Medicine

21,003 visits

Palouse Pediatrics- Pullman

10,854 visits

Palouse Pediatrics- Moscow

4,895 visits

care coordination
Palouse Health Center

1,374 visits

Palouse Heart Center

4,014 visits

Pullman Foot & Ankle

744 visits

sleep medicine
Palouse Sleep Medicine

1,371 visits

Palouse Psychiatry & Behavioral Health

4,092 visits

Pullman Surgical Associates

1,733 visits

Pullman Surgical Associates

In September 2021, Pullman Regional Hospital & Clinic Network opened Pullman Surgical Associates, offering general surgery, endoscopy, and gastrointestinal treatments for the region. Pullman Surgical Associates strives to provide patient-focused care: Surgical Excellence Simplified. 

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Nancy Panko
General Surgeon
Dr. Nancy Panko

Dr. Nancy Panko is a General Surgeon and Medical Director of Pullman Surgical Associates. She's been providing care on the Palouse since 2019. 

Dr. Panko specializes in da Vinci robotic-assisted surgical procedures. 

John Visger
General Surgeon
Dr. John Visger

Dr. John Visger, General Surgeon, has been operating on the Palouse since 2006. His surgical specialties include thyroid, breast cancer, laparoscopic cases, and da Vinci robotic-assisted surgical procedures. 

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Acute Care Surgeon
Dr. Ronald Martin

Dr. Ronald Martin has over 25 years of experience as a surgeon; in Pullman, he handles on-call (emergency) surgery. Dr. Martin is a retired US Army Reserve Colonel. He's served several combat deployments in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan and was the Senior Surgical Advisor for the US Embassy in Kuwait. He has also authored more than 100 scientific papers and books. 

Acute Care Surgeon
Dr. Randy Zuckerman

Dr. Randy Zuckerman's 18 years of experience as a surgeon help him serve the region's need for emergency (on-call) surgery. Dr. Zuckerman has authored over 75 scientific papers and presentations, is the Chair of the Advisory Committee for Rural Surgery, and is an Admissions Committee Member of the University of Washington School of Medicine. 

Johanna Taniguchi, RN, ARNP

Johanna M. Taniguchi, RN, ARNP, has 10 years of experience in the Gastroenterology field. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and has experience providing Gastrointestinal care at many large hospitals including Harborview Medical Center, Pacific Medical Center, and Swedish Medical Group.  

Lisa Cordodor
Clinic Manager
Lisa Cordodor, RN, BSN, CNOR, MBA

Lisa Cordodor is the Clinic Manager for Pullman Regional Hospital’s new surgery practice – Pullman Surgical Associates. With more than 14 years of experience in the operating room, Lisa’s intimate working knowledge of how surgery works best lends itself to her new role and providing an exceptional experience for both patients and referring providers.

Family Medicine Residency Program

At the heart of healthcare are family medicine physicians. These doctors provide comprehensive health care through all stages of life, developing lasting, caring relationships with patients and their families. There is a critical need for family medicine physicians nationwide. The state of Washington is no exception. In rural areas, such as eastern Washington, it's one of the most difficult fields of medicine to recruit and retain physicians. Washington State University's Elson. S. Floyd College of Medicine and Pullman Regional Hospital are partnering to develop a solution by creating a Family Medicine Residency Program based in Pullman, WA. 

WSU College of Medicine
Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine Earned Accreditation

Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine has earned accreditation to start its first family medicine residency program in Pullman. Residents are set to arrive in Pullman in 2023.

WSU Family Medicine Residency Clinical Space Fully Funded

With the WSU Family Medicine Residency clinical space fully funded and physician residents slated to arrive in Pullman Spring 2023, we are building a premier program to attract top tier residents who stay local and serve our communities. Philanthropy is essential as we take steps to ensure Pullman recruits, trains, and is home to doctors of the highest caliber.

Tom & Linda Nihoul Story
Small Towns, Big Investments and Bold Returns

The Nihouls gave $250,000 to support access to rural medicine through the Family Medicine Residency Program. “When we were learning about the joint efforts of WSU and Pullman Regional Hospital to establish a residency program in Pullman, it really resonated with us." 

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Primary Care

Palouse Health Center, located in Palouse, WA, is moving into a brand new space! The move is slated to happen in fall 2022 and will provide space for more exam rooms, procedure, and administrative spaces. 

Pullman Family Medicine is dedicated to providing inclusive primary care on the Palouse. Pullman Family Medicine makes a point of using gender-inclusive terminology. Staff are trained to use correct pronouns and names. “We make every effort to care for each patient to the best of our abilities, no matter their age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation, et cetera,” said Dr. Laura Baker. The team listens to patients to help support their own health goals.

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Meet Dr. Jonathan Lee

Dr. Lee joined Pullman Regional Hospital’s pediatric medicine practice, Palouse Pediatrics, in 2021. He sees patients in both the Moscow, ID and Pullman, WA offices. Dr. Lee earned an undergraduate degree from the California Institute of Technology in electrical and Computer engineering. He attended Medical School at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and completed his residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He holds a certification through the American Board of Pediatrics.

 One of Dr. Lee’s favorite parts of his job (and what he considers the greatest privilege of his work) is meeting a family with a new baby and being able to take care of that child from infancy until adulthood. Dr. Lee says that “Seeing your kids at least once a year helps us to connect and make sure they are growing perfectly." 


Clinic Consolidation

Palouse Heart Center, Palouse Psychiatry & Behavioral Health and Palouse Sleep Medicine are now all located on the second level of Pullman Regional Hospital in suite 201, next to Palouse Medical.

“We recognized there are strong relationships with heart, sleep and mental health,” said Karly Port, Chief Clinic Network Officer for Pullman Regional Hospital. “Locating these practices in one space at the hospital allows these providers to work more effectively and efficiently through team medicine.”

A shared space supports important collaboration with other physicians. There are strong relationships with sleep health, heart health and mental health—allowing for Dr. David Jones (Cardiologist), Dr. Usha Nandhini (Sleep Medicine Specialist), and Dr. Erik Bayona (Psychiatrist) and his behavioral health colleagues to work together more conveniently through team medicine.

Also new is care coordination: care coordinators, who are registered nurses, can work with patients to check in after procedures, find answers to questions quickly and schedule appointments.Learn More

Orthopedic Center of Excellence


New Technology
Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Total knee replacement surgery used to be a highly-involved procedure that left patients with sizeable scars and an extended recovery. New technologies, such as the CORI total knee system, are optimizing patient outcomes. 

This new robotic-assisted technology allows orthopedic surgeons to customize total knee replacement surgery to a patient's unique anatomy!

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WSU & U of I
Team Physicians

Dr. Ed Tingstad and Dr. Kyle Hazelwood, Orthopedic Surgeons, serve as team physicians for Washington State University Athletics and the University of Idaho Athletics respectively. 

In this role, they provide immediate on-field medical care and assistance, connect student-athletes to imaging services and surgery when needed, and work on preventative care with athletes before and after games.

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Spanning 4 area high schools
Regional High School Athletic Training Program

In the program's first 4 years, four full-time and one part-time athletic trainers have provided over $1,000,000 in treatments and care to over 750 local student-athletes at no added cost to parents. 

This program is funded in part through philanthropy supported through the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation. 

Maile Keller
Orthopedic Care Coordinator

One of the benefits to having total joint surgery at Pullman Regional Hospital is the Orthopedic Care Coordinator program. The Orthopedic Care Coordinator, Maile Keller, PTA, helps guide patients through the surgical process for total joint surgery. As soon as a patient's appointment is scheduled, Maile Keller, PTA, is available to answer any questions, remind them of important tips to remember before surgery, help coordinate post-surgery care options, and so much more.

Aaron Vandenbos
New Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr. Aaron Vandenbos

Dr. Vandenbos joined Inland Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Clinic in October 2021.  He spent the last 5 years serving at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. He graduated from Boise State University with his Bachelor of Science degree, then obtained his medical degree at the University Of Toledo College Of Medicine followed by residency at San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium.

Mat Taylor
New Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr. Mat Taylor

Dr. Taylor joined Inland Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Clinic in September 2021. He is a board eligible Orthopaedic Surgeon that has recently completed a Sports Medicine  Fellowship with Orthopaedic Research of Virginia. 

Dr. Taylor is passionate about total joint replacement surgery and strives to help his patients get back to their lives fast.

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Emergency Department

Pullman Regional Hospital's Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. There were a total of 12,676 Emergency Department visits in 2021, and a 14% increase from 2020.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic's chaos, the Emergency Department was able to lower their average "door to doctor" time from 7 minutes to 5 minutes! That means less time waiting for emergency care for you and your loved ones!

When is it time to go to the ED?

Center for Learning & Innovation


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Women's Wellness Wednesdays
Coffeehouse-Style Conversations with Healthcare Providers

These monthly events provide participants with access to facts, information about current trends in healthcare, and an opportunity to ask health professionals questions in a conversational way. Guests included Dr. Nancy Panko, Dr. Erik Bayona, Employee Health Nurse Diane Whittick & more!

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Tech Talks
Monthly Educational Videos

Each month, a different Pullman Regional Hospital employee was featured in a short video talking about a new and exciting development or technology in their area. These education pieces were an important part of engaging with the community during the COVID_19 pandemic.  Learn about the C-Arm X-Ray System, 3-D Tomosynthesis, MARTTI interpretation service & much more!

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Health Education Art
Partnership with WSU's Children Center

H.E.ART's goal is to  providing children with a vehicle to help them adapt and engage in learning and express themselves when they can't find the words, especially when learning about big topics like their bodies and health. The hospital has received approximately 375 pieces of children’s art that have been displayed throughout the hospital.

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Pullman Regional Hospital Auxiliary
2021 Grant Awards

In 2021, 15 grants were awarded totaling nearly $20,000! Your support of Diane’s Gift Garden, Have-a-Heart, the Christmas Tree Raffle and becoming a member of the auxiliary made these grants possible. 

2021 grant recipients:

  • BirthPlace- Sleep Sacks & Toiletries
  • Care Coordination- Backpacks of info/supplies for newly diagnosed Type 1 Diabetics, End of Life comfort care items
  • Emergency Department- Play Station, TV and Virtual Reality Set for patient distraction therapy
  • MSU/ICU- 2 iPads for patient education and distraction therapy, 6 Video Monitors for Patient Rooms, Pediatric Play Cart Restock, Ostomy Model
  • Infection Prevention- Sanitation Station
  • Same Day Services- Procedural Sedation Certification for 21 RNs
  • Summit Therapy- Pediatric Swing, Outdoor Seating
  • Volunteer Services- Rice Bag Materials
  • All Departments- Stuffed Animals for Pediatric Patients

Gratitude & Growth

Thank you for helping Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation secure over $3.1 million to fund robotic-assisted technology, train future primary care physicians and expand care coordination in the region. Only gratitude can be expressed to the 563 donors and friends who affirm Pullman Regional Hospital and quality care in the region. The 21-member Foundation board, led by Karlene Beaumont, provided exceptional governance so that your investments meet your care needs and those of the community. The Next Era of Excellence Campaign Committee co-chaired by Wayne Druffel and Glenn Johnson successfully completed the three-year project securing over $7.6 million.  If you include the 2020 COVID-19 Emergency Fund the total grows to $8.6 million. Wayne, Glenn and 10 members (Ken Casavant, Carol Chipman, Mike Connell, Kyle Hazelwood, M.D., Jean Logan, Garth Mader, Steve Mader, Tony Poston, First Lady Noel Schulz, Pat Wright), helped Pullman Regional Hospital, “exceed excellence” and set the stage for service growth. In the midst of COVID-19 pandemic challenges the Foundation is grateful to all who continue to support the hospital and help make this a resilient, healthy community.

- Rueben Mayes, MBA CFRE, Chief Development And External Relations Officer

All Donors

2021 Donors


Next Era of Excellence Cabinet Members (2019-2021)

Glenn Johnson (co-chair), Mayor, Pullman

Wayne Druffel (co-chair), Farmer, Business Owner

Pat Wright, City Council, Foundation President

Ken Casavant, Retired WSU Professor

Carol Chipman, Past Campaign Chair (Endowment)

Kyle Hazelwood, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon

Jean Logan, Community Member

Garth Mader, Marketing Executive

Steve Mader, Farmer, Business Owner

Tony Poston, President of College Hill Group

Mike Connell, Senior AVP, WSU Foundation

Goal: $2,500,000
Raised: $3,110,739


In 2021 the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation raised $3,110,739-  exceeding the goal by 124%!

The Next Era of Excellence

Campaign goal: $6 million | Funds raised: $7,670,280 million

Additional funds raised for COVID-19 Emergency Fund: $1,001,600

Timeframe: 2019-2021

Number of gifts: 8,275 | Number of donors: 955

Campaign co-chairs: Glenn Johnson, Mayor of Pullman; Wayne Druffel, 5th generation farmer

Campaign Overview

The Next Era of Excellence was the largest comprehensive campaign in the history of Pullman Regional Hospital and supported three central projects to elevate patient care today and for future generations. 

The Next Generation of Family Medicine Physicians

A campaign capstone project was funding for the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine (ESFCOM) Family Medicine Residency Center at Pullman. The Next Era of Excellence campaign cabinet and staff worked collaboratively with the WSU Foundation and ESFCOM to educate donors in the region. $1.55 million was raised, fully funding construction of the center, which is located in the heart of the hospital. During their three-year residency program in Pullman, physician residents will finish their training, partner with local physicians and treat patients at the center.

Orthopedic Excellence & High School Student-Athlete Safety

A second key project was funding additional space for the Orthopedic Center of Excellence. The successful completion of this project provided additional orthopedic patient rooms, physician offices and an x-ray room. 

Surgical Excellence

One of the last projects funded in the campaign was next-generation da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery technology.

Next Era of Excellence Campaign Cabinet

Pullman Regional Hospital has designated space in the hospital to recognize the Next Era of Excellence Campaign Cabinet, Foundation board and donors who made the campaign a success.

Wayne Druffel-Co-Chair                 

Glenn Johnson-Co Chair

Scott Adams (PRH Representative)

Ken Casavant

Carol Chipman

Mike Connell (WSU Foundation Representative)

Karen Geheb, MD

Jean Logan

Garth Mader

Steve Mader

Tony Poston

Noel Schulz

Pat Wright (PRH Foundation Board Representative)

New Foundation Board Members

Karin has worked for the WSU Foundation since 2004. She serves as the Director of Foundation Relations focusing on securing gifts and grants from private foundations in support of programs across the university. Karin has worked in the non-profit sector most of her career including ten years at the Community Action Center in Pullman.

Karin grew up in Sweden and got her master’s degree from the University of Gothenburg. Her two sons were both born at Pullman Memorial Hospital on the Pullman campus and she is a proud Coug Mom.

Karin Neuenschwander
Karin Neuenschwander

Dr. Bergmann attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with degrees in liberal arts and medicine. He received further training in pediatrics and began professional life as a health provider for children. Looking for an additional challenge, a year was spent in a pediatric critical care fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of British Columbia in 1988. Dr. Bergmann is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics in the subspecialty of pediatric emergency medicine.    

Dr. Bergmann joined Pullman Memorial Hospital in 1999 in the department of emergency medicine. Dr. Bergmann is proud of his 19 years at the hospital, noting the growth of the staff, medical specialties, and moving into the new facility as exciting eras. Dr. Bergmann retired from the hospital in 2017. 

Stephen Bergmann
Stephen Bergmann, MD

Education Scholarships

Gaskins Scholars

2021 Bill Gaskins Pharmacy Scholars

The Bill Gaskins Pharmacy Scholarship, established in 2013, honors Bill Gaskins, Washington State University alumnus, instructor, mentor, WSU Athletic Hall of Fame inductee and retired Director of Pullman Regional Hospital Pharmacy. Upon his retirement from Pullman Regional Hospital after 43 years of service, the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation established the Bill Gaskins Pharmacy Scholarship Fund to honor Bill and assist Pharmacy student interns and residents training in rural pharmacy.

2021 scholarship recipients: 

  • Austin Friedly
  • Bailey Mae Powers
  • Dana Rabourne
  • Frank Liu
  • Kennedy Erickson
  • Alaysia Brown
  • Reyna Jash
  • Vong Chang


2021 Staff Education Award Recipients 

The Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation’s Governance Committee reviews applications and awards funds twice a year for Pullman Regional Hospital employees with Staff Education Awards and RN to BSN Education Awards. 

2021 scholarship recipients: 

  • Janine Lawrence
  • Tanya Shull
  • Abby Anderson
  • Hannah Kasperick
  • Hannah Kimball
  • Madisen Hollingshead

RN to BSN scholarship recipient:

  • Izzie Roepke


Foundation Education Award Recipients

NEW! CEO Circle

The Pullman Regional Hospital CEO Circle highlights community leaders and philanthropists who go above and beyond in helping our hospital exceed excellence. By donating ($5,000+) to the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation, their transformational gifts provide lasting impact on the healthcare delivered at Pullman Regional Hospital.

CEO Circle Donors

Avista Corporation
Avista Foundation
Barbara Johnson
Carol Sales-Rydbom
Chipman & Taylor Chevrolet
College Hill
CollinsWoerman Architecture
Cynthia and Norm Whittlesey
D. Girard Clark, Jr.
David and Nicole Whitehead
David Christy Insurance Agency, Inc.
Don and Mary Ann Parachini
Donald and Marianna Matteson
Dr. Ed and Laura Tingstad
Dr. Gerald Early
Dr. James and Kris Duffy
Dr. Richard Caggiano and Dr. Karen Karpman
Dr. Stephen and Sharon Hall
Dr. Stephen and Verna Bergmann
Ed and Beatriz Schweitzer
Empire Health Foundation
Garth and Christi Mader
Gary Smith
Ginny and Carl Hauser
Gordon Sedlacek
Greg and Jeannie Eylar
INNOVIA Foundation
James and Jean Logan
Jeff and Angie Feuerstein
Jesse and Alison Weigley
Kenneth and Dorothy Casavant
Kenneth Gibson
Larry and Kate Gross
Les and Tracy Ruhs
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
Marcia Buehler
Mark and Lola Dissmore
Mary S. Schweitzer
METER Foundation
Mike and Bernadette Berney
Mike and Christine Sodorff
Mike and Dede Boone
Mike Rask and Jackie Thomas-Rask
Myrtle Fulfs
Norm and Jessie Druffel Family
Norm Apperson
Orbie and Orbie Gray
Pullman Anesthesia
Pullman Regional Hospital Auxiliary
Ray and Pat Wright
Robert and Eileen Eng
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
Scott and Sharon Adams
Steffens Foundation
Sunderland Foundation
Susan Gormsen
Swire Coca-Cola
Tom and Faye Neill
Tom and Linda Nihoul
Tony and Emily Poston
VMRD, Inc.
Wysup Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram & Imports

2021 Foundation dollars

2021 Highest Needs

In 2021, the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation had the following fundraising priorities: a new da Vinci Surgical System, Residency Program Clinical Space, Orthopedic Center of Excellence

The cost to raise a dollar (CTRD) was $0.25, with a $4.05 return on investment (ROI). 

  • Turning visitors into leads.

Going the Distance

  • 60% of donors live in Pullman, WA
  • 20% of donors live outside of Washington state

There was a total of 563 donors in 2021, 102 of which were new. Donor retention was 45.2%, and first year retention was 10.5%. 

Donors in 2021 hailed from 11 states, as well as Canada: Alaska, California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, Texas, Washington

Annual Giving Events

Investing in a home means investing in your health
Homes for Health

Raised: $12,500

Each spring, investing in a home means investing in your health. Local participating realtors teamed together in support of Pullman Regional Hospital's highest needs

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Shop Local Each August
Auto Dealers For Health

Raised: $8,200

Local auto dealerships teamed together for a ninth year in support of our community! $100 from all new and used cars sold throughout the month of August benefitted Pullman Regional Hospital’s highest needs.

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The most fun event
Annual Golf Classic

Raised: $68,000

The Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation 16th Annual Golf Classic & Luncheon presented by Swire Coca-Cola was held at Palouse Ridge Golf Club. 

Planned Giving

Using your required minimum distribution from an IRA to support Pullman Regional Hospital can make a difference in your community and on your taxes. Leave your Legacy: To learn more about the joy of giving, contact the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation at 509-332-2046 or online:

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Legacy Society

The Pullman Regional Hospital Legacy Society honors individuals who make long-term charitable commitments to Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation through planned giving. Your contribution creates a legacy that will enrich our community for years to come.

Scott and Sharon Adams

Stacey Aggabao

Spencer and Rae Alisch

Drs. Richard Caggiano and Karen Karpman

Suzan Carter

Ken and Dorothy Casavant

Laura Child

Carol Chipman

Dave and Denise Christy

Charles and Carrie Coen

Philip and Kim Cook

Dr. Gerald Early

Jeff and Jill Elbracht


Dr. Kenneth Gibson

Carol Gordon

Merle Harlow

Ed and Toni Harrich

CS “Jack” and BettyJo Hilliard

Frederick K. Lange

Shawn and Laure' Larsen

Dr. Peter Mikkelsen and Anna Lim

James and Marji Neill

Tom and Linda Nihoul

Bruce and Barbara Palmer

Sid and Penne Pierson

Joe and Tamira Pitzer

Jan Pyle

Michael and Carol Rydbom

Barney and Marcia Saneholtz

Joshua and Jamie Smart

John and Patricia Snyder

Mike and Christine Sodorff

Jesse and Alison Weigley

Patrick and Karen Wuestney

Looking Towards the Future: Next CEO

The Pullman Regional Hospital Board of Commissioners have named Matt Forge, MHA, Pullman Regional Hospital’s incoming Chief Executive Officer.

Slated to arrive in Pullman in August 2022, Forge will serve as Assistant CEO until November 2022, when the Board will authorize a transfer of chief executive officer/superintendent duties from current CEO, Scott Adams, to Forge.

Forge has served as President & CEO of Osceola Medical Center in Osceola, WI and as Chief Administrative Officer for Essentia Health overseeing St. Mary’s & Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics in Orofino Idaho and St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics in Cottonwood, ID. He earned a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Sciences degree from the University of Idaho, College of Business.