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Rick Bockmann named CEO of Walla Walla General Hospital


Rick Bockmann has been named president and CEO of Walla Walla General Hospital in Walla Walla, Washington, according to Joyce Newmyer, president and CEO of the Pacific Northwest Region of Adventist Health. Bockmann, who has served as CEO of Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits, California since 2011, will begin his role on Monday, Dec. 12. He will replace Bob Beehler who has served as interim CEO of Walla Walla General Hospital for the last several months.

“I am grateful that we’ve found someone with Rick’s depth of experience, strong leadership and operational expertise,” says Newmyer. “I’d also like to thank Bob for his service to the hospital and community for the past few months.”

Bockmann is a seasoned healthcare executive and has held a number of leadership positions within Adventist Health. Before joining Howard Memorial Hospital, he was vice president of physician services at St. Helena Hospital. He’s also been a leader with Centura Health and the Portercare Adventist Health System in addition to running his own healthcare consulting firm.

Bockmann has served on boards of several community organizations throughout his career, including the Colorado Medical Society Foundation, the American College of Health Care Executives and the Campion Adventist Academy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Theology from Loma Linda University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. 

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