Pullman Regional Hospital keeps taxation district same

Three physicians will take over chief medical officer role

ALEXANDRIA OSBORNE, Evergreen reporter

Residents voted to keep the Pullman Regional Hospital taxing district limited to the City of Pullman, and two hospital commissioners will retain their board seats. 

In July 2021, the PRH Board of Commissioners voted to have community members vote to expand the taxing district to work with the Pullman School District, according to a PRH press release. The Whitman County Auditor certified the results of the Nov. 2 election, and 53.7 percent of people voted against the change.

Jeff Elbracht and Tricia Grantham will continue in their positions on the PRH Board of Commissioners, according to the press release.

PRH also recently selected three physicians to serve in a chief medical officer role. Physicians Stephen Hall, Pete Mikkelsen and Edwin Tingstad all have multiple years of medical background, according to a separate PRH press release. 

As chief medical officer, Hall will be a departmental adviser to the hospital’s birthplace, genetic counseling, nutrition, clinical informatics and pharmacy departments, according to the press release. 

Mikkelsen will be a departmental adviser to the hospital’s medical/surgical and intensive care units, laboratory, respiratory services, sleep lab, emergency and care coordination departments, according to the press release.

Tingstand will be a departmental adviser to the hospital’s surgery, anesthesia, imaging, same day services, post anesthesia care unit and rehabilitation services departments. He will also serve as the PRH Foundation liaison, according to the press release. 

All three will join the PRH administrative team in their chief medical officer role, according to the press release.