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Hospital Welcomes New VP Karen Kellar

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Karen Kellar, RN, MSN, has been named vice president for patient care services at Tillamook County General Hospital.

"We are excited to have Karen join our hospital and community," stated Hospital CEO Larry Davy. "Her skills and passion for quality healthcare will have a very positive impact on our healthcare team and, most importantly, on those we serve."

Kellar holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Washington State University and a Masters in Nursing Leadership and Management from the University of Southern Indiana. Her areas of clinical experience include cardiac, labor and delivery, post-anesthesia recovery, medical surgical, emergency, and home care.

Prior to coming to Tillamook, Karen lived in Southwest Washington for 16 years and served at hospitals in the Portland metropolitan area. At Adventist Medical Center in Portland, OR, she served in the Clinical Decision Unit and in Recruitment. She then went on to a director role at Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, WA, establishing the new outpatient Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine Center, which included oversight of the inpatient wound program. Most recently, she was a patient care executive resident for Adventist Health at the White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA.

"Tillamook Hospital has a record of attaining many national awards for excellent patient care," Kellar stated. "I am honored to be part of this organization and also to become acquainted with this community."

Married to John Kellar, the couple enjoys their two adult children and two grandsons. Kellar says she enjoys spending time with friends in the outdoors as well as reaching for new fitness goals such as participating in a triathlon in 2010.