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Karen Kellar Joins WWGH as Patient Care VP


Kellar, an experienced nurse and leader, starts January 2014

Walla Walla General Hospital is pleased to welcome Karen Kellar, RN, as vice president for patient care for Adventist Health services in Walla Walla. Kellar will assume her new role on January 1, 2014.

Karen comes to Walla Walla from Tillamook Regional Medical Center, an Adventist Health hospital in Tillamook, Ore. where she has served as vice president for patient care since 2011. Prior to her experience at Tillamook, Karen lived in Southwest Washington for 16 years and served at hospitals in the Portland metropolitan area. At Adventist Medical Center in Portland she served in the clinical decision unit and in recruitment. She then moved into a director role at Southwest Washington Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash., 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.

"We are looking forward to Karen joining our mission-focused team. Her clinical expertise will help us successfully navigate the changing health care environment while continuing to provide the highest quality care for the Walla Walla community," says Monty Knittel, president and CEO at WWGH.

Karen holds a Bachelor 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.

Karen and her husband, John, have two adult children and two grandsons.