Gritman Medical Center elects new Board Chair, first physician to serve in the role since Dr. Charles Gritman

 

Dr. Kraig White was elected as Chair of the Gritman Medical Center Board of Directors on Wednesday night, becoming the first physician to hold the role since Dr. Charles Gritman occupied the post as the hospital’s founder.

White was elected by members of the Board of Directors after the General Board’s annual meeting.

Dr. White is well known in the region, having served as a family medicine physician with Moscow Family Medicine and as a team physician for University of Idaho student-athletes. Dr. White has been practicing emergency medicine at Gritman since April 2018.

Dr. White succeeds Greg Kimberling, who is retiring as Board Chair after serving nearly a quarter of his life on the Gritman Board. Kimberling has deep ties to Moscow and Gritman, as multiple generations of his family were born at the hospital, and his mother, a registered nurse, served Gritman in many roles.

“We are grateful to Greg for his leadership over the years and for the countless hours he sacrificed to help support the hospital. Everyone at Gritman has been able to rely on his integrity, steady leadership and focus on improving the health and wellness of people in our region,” Gritman President and CEO Kara Besst said. “As we look to the future, we are pleased to have Dr. White as our new Board Chair. His clinical expertise and connections in the community will help serve our mission of providing extraordinary care to patients.”

Lori Stinson was also elected to the Gritman Board of Directors for a three-year term. Stinson serves as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lewis-Clark State College.

Founded in 1897, Gritman Medical Center is a nonprofit hospital that operates a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital in Moscow, family medicine clinics in Kendrick, Potlatch and Troy, and an Internal Medicine Clinic in Moscow. In December, Gritman integrated with Moscow Family Medicine’s two family medicine clinics as well as its QuickCARE and student health services for the University of Idaho.