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Tricia Grantham has substantial work experience in the medical industry, including work as a medical social worker. She also has a degree in social work and a minor in aging from San Diego State University. In the past she worked at a home health and hospice organization that taught her about disease processes, patient/family/physician dynamics and the hospital’s role as a leader in the delivery of healthcare. “I believe that one of the most important attributes hospital leadership exhibits is the commitment to creating an environment where staff can learn, improve and grow professionally as individuals and as team members,” Grantham added. “They recognize how crucial these values and overall philosophy are to achieving quality patient care.”
Jeff Elbracht, director of facilities and finance for University Recreation at Washington State University, has served on the Board of Commissioners for seven years. Born and raised in Nebraska, Elbracht received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Nebraska and a master’s of business administration from Washington State University. He and his wife, Jill, have two children, Tyler and Nathan. In addition to his Board of Commissioners position, Elbracht also officiates high school football in southeast Washington and serves as volunteer youth sports coach for baseball and basketball. “The leadership at Pullman Regional Hospital is progressive and committed,” Elbracht said. “Leadership is ensuring that we can maintain local control and quality through a proactive financial approach instead of a reactive approach to the unpredictable, changing dynamics in healthcare.”
Sandra O’Keefe, an oncology nurse at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho, has been a commissioner for five years. O’Keefe received her bachelor’s degree in microbiology from University of Washington in 1980 and completed her registered nurses training in 1991. She and her husband, Michael Neff, an associate professor of crop biotechnology at Washington State University, have two daughters: Alexandra and Samantha. “The hospital has done an amazing job planning for on-site expansion to meet the growing needs of our community,” O’Keefe added. “I am looking forward to the prospect of having centers for Learning and Innovation as well as Women’s and Children’s Health included on the hospital campus.”
A retired general surgeon who worked at Pullman Regional Hospital for 22 years, Michael Murphy has been a commissioner for 13 of those years. Murphy, a graduate of University of Kentucky Medical School in the 1970s, worked for a couple of years in Lexington before coming to Pullman with his wife, Cathy, who works at Pullman Regional Hospital as manager of the clinical informatics department. The Murphys have raised two children in Pullman: Brian and Kate. In addition to his service as commissioner, Murphy has been a Boy Scout leader for 33 years, editor of the Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse newsletter and a ski instructor at 49 Degrees North during the winter. “As board members, we keep abreast of progress and work with managers to put the system in place,” said Murphy. “I am continually challenged to keep up to date with what’s happening in healthcare. It’s never boring.”
A longtime Realtor and partner with RE/MAX Home and Land, Joe Pitzer has been on the Pullman Regional Hospital Board of Commissioners since 1996, when the hospital was still located on the Washington State University campus. He has served as board president and vice president during his 18-year tenure. Pitzer is a graduate of Washington State University with a business administration degree. “Our hospital is not just the building,” said Pitzer. “We are actually a district that is involved in physician practices and joint ventures to keep high-quality healthcare on the Palouse.”
Margaret Werre, retired operating room nurse, has been appointed to the Pullman Regional Hospital Board of Commissioners as of January 2017. Werre moved to Pullman in 2013 to be with her daughter and son-in-law. She hails from Centralia where she worked as an OR nurse since 1989. Previous to that she worked as a nurse in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She is looking forward to the hospital’s plans to expand surgical capabilities with the addition of a fourth operating room in July and planned expansion of Same Day Services. “I see myself as being new to this area and bringing a different perspective since I’ve worked in larger hospitals,” she said.“I love being in healthcare and I love living in a small community. I will work to continue to make Pullman a place where people want to live and can count on quality healthcare.”
Karen Karpman, PhD.
Karen Karpman is a trained clinical neuropsychologist and a 20 year resident of Pullman, WA. She worked as a clinical psychologist in private practice in Pullman since 1998 until her retirement in 2015 during which time she was a member of the allied health staff of the hospital. Karen is a member of the Women’s Leadership Guild, Pullman Regional Hospital Auxiliary, and the hospital’s Ethics Committee. “As a patient, I have witnessed first-hand how important it is to maintain the highest level of compassion and quality care for the people served by Pullman Regional Hospital.