Jake Kempton

Chief Legal Counselor


Jake serves as the Hospital District’s Chief Legal Officer, responsible for overseeing all legal matters affecting the District. Jake’s commitment to health care comes from watching his father’s tireless example working as an emergency room physician for the past 30+ years.

“It wasn’t until I was in college that I realized that most people’s dads didn’t routinely sleep during the day and work all night.” Jake initially became involved in health law during his second year of law school, working as a lobbyist for the Washington State Medical Association, as well as a legal extern for MultiCare Health Systems.

Prior to joining the WhidbeyHealth team in 2015, Jake worked with the health care group at Davis Wright Tremaine and maintained a private practice on Whidbey Island. Jake and his wife and four children enjoy spending their time biking, hiking, skiing, and skipping rocks down at Ebey’s Landing. You can spot Jake on most sunny mornings riding his electric longboard to work.