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Board of Commissioners

Like everyone connected to WhidbeyHealth, the Whidbey Island Public Hospital District Board of Commissioners embraces our promise to provide our community exceptional healthcare with compassion and respect.

Leaders for Healthcare

Our commissioners bring a passion for quality and a wealth of experience in medicine, business and hospital administration to the task of providing excellent care to all Whidbey Island residents.

The Board of Commissioners is responsible for strategic direction and financial oversight of the district, including WhidbeyHealth Medical Center, its clinics and various physician practices. Commissioners are elected for six-year terms and represent distinct geographic areas on Whidbey Island. They meet monthly and act as liaisons between the hospital and the community.

The Board of Commissioners adopted this Code of Ethics to promote honest and ethical conduct and compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations by the members of the board.

To contact commissioners, please call the administration office at 360.678.7656 or 360.321.7656, ext. 4001. Or, use the Contact Us page of this website to email any commissioner.

Pictured above from left are District 5 commissioner Eric Anderson, DVM; District 1 commissioner Grethe Cammermeyer, RN, PhD; board president and District 3 commissioiner Ron Wallin; District 4 commissioner Nancy Fey; and District 2 commissioner Kurt Blankenship. 

Board Meetings 

Regular Board Meetings

The board has a standing meeting date on the second Monday of each month at 7 a.m. in our main conference room, located on the lower level of the hospital. Sometimes the meeting is held on a different date, for example when a national holiday falls on the second Monday of the month.

Occasionally the meeting is held in a different location to accommodate scheduling conflicts. (Due to construction of the new wing, board meetings are currently being held in the West Wind Cafe until further notice.)

The agenda for upcoming board meetings is published on this website approximately 24 hours prior to the meeting. Check the agenda to confirm date and time.

Notices of special meetings will be posted here.

Board minutes are published on this website approximately 30 days after the meeting.

In 2018, the WhidbeyHealth Board of Commissioners meets on the following Mondays:

Jan. 8, Feb. 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.


Members of the Board of Commissioners

Grethe Cammermeyer, RN, PhD

Commissioner District 1, South Whidbey

Grethe Cammermeyer, RN, PhD, has spent more than 50 years in healthcare, including her service an an Army nurse and later experience in the Veterans Administration.

Cammermeyer has extensive background as a clinical specialist, nurse practitioner and hospital nurse administrator.

She has been active in community organizations on Whidbey Island for more than 19 years and owns the Saratoga View Adult Home in Langley.

Commissioner Cammermeyer was inducted into the Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame in 2014.

 

Kurt Blankenship

Commissioner District 2, Central Whidbey

Kurt Blankenship is in his 40th year of practicing law as an attorney in Louisiana. His practice focuses on health care, including representation of physicians, as well as national hospital systems and local public service district hospitals in litigation and regulatory matters. 

Blankenship recently moved with his wife Jackie permanently to the Coupeville home they have owned for the past seven years.

“I have a wealth of healthcare-related experience from a legal standpoint that I believe will add significant value to my service as a commissioner,” Blankenship said.

“In August 2015, I underwent emergency surgery at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center and remained hospitalized for a week. I was very impressed with the quality of care and service I received, and look forward to this opportunity to contribute to that mission as commissioner.”

 

Ron Wallin, Board President

Commissioner District 3, North Whidbey

Ron Wallin, board president, has been a Whidbey resident since 1958 and has lived on both North and South Whidbey, which gives him a unique perspective on our island. He learned firsthand what it takes to provide superior care when he worked closely with hospital doctors and nurses for 10 years as a member of Emergency Medical Services.

“Throughout the hospital, our goal is to achieve and maintain excellence,” says Wallin.

“The key is to stay focused on patient needs and adapt quickly to change.”

Wallin is dedicated to the prudent use of taxpayer funds because, as he says, a sound financial condition helps the hospital recruit and retain top-quality medical talent.

Committed to giving back to the community, Wallin also sits on the board of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Island County and is a current member of the Rotary Club of North Whidbey, Island Sunrise Chapter.

 

Nancy Fey, Board Secretary

Commissioner District 4, North Whidbey

Nancy Fey has spent more than 45 years in healthcare as a pharmacist in both retail and hospital settings.

A Whidbey Island resident since 1966, Fey worked at the former Whidbey General Hospital for nearly 26 years and wants to keep the medical center on the leading edge of the ever-changing healthcare environment. As a hospital employee, Fey and her colleagues were committed to providing quality care with respect and compassion.

As commissioner, she is dedicated to supporting and strengthening those efforts.

In addition to her pharmaceutical background, Fey has owned several successful businesses in Oak Harbor. She is a charter member of Soroptimist International of Oak Harbor, a former deacon at her church and has served on the Skagit Valley College Foundation Board. She is a member and past president of the Polly Harpole Hospital Guild, former president of the WhidbeyHealth Auxiliary and a volunteer registrar for Bloodworks NW.

Fey invites your concerns and questions with the goal of keeping WhidbeyHealth alive and well and serving the residents of Whidbey Island.

 

Eric Anderson, DVM

Commissioner District 5, North Whidbey

Longtime veterinarian Dr. Eric Anderson was the board’s choice in September 2016 to fill an open seat in District 5. Anderson is director and chief of staff of Best Friend’s Veterinary Center in Oak Harbor.

Anderson says his main thrust is to listen carefully to the community and to make changes that continue to improve healthcare for everyone. "The only thing constant in life is change, so we want to look forward to better and better improvement in healthcare," he says. "We want to have more outreach to the community so that we can serve their healthcare needs as best we can."

Anderson notes he is "delightfully married to my best friend and mentor" Mary T. Anderson, MPH. The couple has four adult children, Micheal, Jessica, Erica and Chris. Mary Anderson is the Administrator for the City of Oak Harbor’s Senior Center and their daughter Erica Syring, DVM is an associate at Best Friends Veterinary Center.

Dr. Anderson attended Coupeville High School and is an alumnus of Washington State University and is an adjunct professor at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. The Andersons live in Oak Harbor. The Anderson family has lived on Whidbey Island since 1912.