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Dr. White re-elected as chair of Board of Directors

Dr. Kraig White, an emergency physician and graduate of the University of Idaho WWAMI Medical Education Program, was re-elected to his second term as the chair of the Gritman Board of Directors and Lori Stinson was elected as vice chair during the board’s annual meeting June 24.

Stinson, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Lewis-Clark State College, will succeed Janie Nirk, who retired from the vice chair role after holding the position since 2007.

Gritman’s Board of Directors provides governance and guides the hospital. The Board of Directors is elected from the larger General Membership Board. Each member brings valuable experience and expertise, putting in countless volunteer hours to ensure the highest quality service is provided to patients and their loved ones.

Nirk will remain on the board after she was re-elected to another term, along with Steve Busch, Dick Heimsch and Barbara Wells. Rula Awwad-Rafferty, Dr. Charles Jacobson, Aaron Ranisate and Robin Woods round out the Board of Directors.

Gritman’s General Membership Board also saw several changes, with Cami McClure (serving since 2019), James Fry (2018), Shelly Cannon (2018), Paul Kimmell (2017), Tom Trail (2012), Don Strong (2006) and Jane Peterson Goetschel (1990) retiring. Dr. Bryan David Smith, Paul Kwiatkowski, Dan Bayly, Chuck Morrison, Cody Moore, Jacob Calene and Mary Flores were added to the board. Other members include Jessica Bearman, Kathy Beerman, David Brown, Kenny Cada, T.Jay Clevenger, Dan Ewart, Derek Forseth, Sharon Harris, Pam Hays, Ray Ireland, Elaine Johnson, Dulce Kersting-Lark, Nancy Lyle, Cathy Mabbutt, Irene Mundy, Thomas Newhof, Murf Raquet, Todd Taruscio, Fran Wagner, Rand Walker and Rebecca Witt.

“Our board members play a vital role in helping set the strategic vision for our hospital and network of clinics,” Gritman CEO and President Kara Besst said. “We rely on their guidance, as each member brings a unique perspective and voice to our mission. As a private, nonprofit organization, we are grateful for their service to represent their community while working to improve health care in our region.”