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Hospital Patient Care VP Donna Bechthold Retires


Donna Bechthold, RN, BA, is retiring from her role as vice president of patient care services at Tillamook County General Hospital (TCGH) effective May 2011. She has served as the top nursing leader since 1987.

"We very much appreciate Donna's 24 years of leadership for patient care," shared Larry Davy, hospital president. "Her extraordinary commitment to mission, excellence and quality in healthcare will leave a lasting legacy in Tillamook County."

In her 31-year healthcare career, Bechthold gained experience in all clinical areas including obstetrics, surgery, intensive care, medical/surgical, and emergency, as well as in community health education, staff development and advanced leadership roles. With degrees in Nursing and Health Care Administration, she holds certification as a professional in healthcare quality and as a Christian life coach, and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has been a member of both the American and the Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives.

During her service at TCGH, she played key roles in launching the Healthy Families/Healthy Start program in Tillamook County as well as in creating a partnership with Tillamook Bay Community College and Clatstop Community College to establish an RN nursing clinical program here.

Donna and her husband, Wayne, plan to remain in the community.