Board of Commissioners
"Listen to the Community"
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 Whidbey General Hospital, its rural health 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.
“Two years ago, the commissioners provided a square for the quilt in the hospital lobby that reads ‘Listen, Lead, Serve,’” says Anne Tarrant, board president. “That’s our first responsibility — listen to the community.”
To contact commissioners, call 360-678-7656, ext. 4001, or 360-321-7656, ext. 4001.
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.
The agenda for an upcoming meeting is published here approximately 24 hours prior to the meeting. Check the agenda to confirm date and time.
Board minutes are published here approximately 30 days after the meeting.
In 2013, the Whidbey General Hospital Board of Commissioners meets on the following Mondays:
Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11 (in Oak Harbor) and Dec. 9.
Hospital commissioners (above from left) Grethe Cammermeyer, RN, PhD, Anne Tarrant, Nancy Fey, Georgia Gardner, CPA, and Ron Wallin wore pink to their October 2013 meeting in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Members of the Board
Grethe Cammermeyer, RN, PhD
Commissioner District 1, South Whidbey
Grethe Cammermeyer, RN, PhD, has spent more than 40 years in health care, including her service as an Army nurse and later experience in the Veterans Administration. She has extensive background as a clinical specialist, nurse practitioner and hospital administrator. She has been active in community organizations on Whidbey for more than 17 years and owns the Saratoga View Adult Home in Langley. Her major goal is to garner community support to upgrade the inpatient wing of the hospital. “A new wing will support a healing environment by providing privacy for patients and their families, and space for state-of-the-art medical technology and equipment to provide 21st century care,” says Cammermeyer.
Georgia Gardner, CPA
Commissioner District 2, Central Whidbey
Longtime Central Whidbey resident Georgia Gardner, CPA, was selected in June 2012 for the position of District 2 Public Hospital Commissioner. Gardner, who lives in Coupeville, was chosen in a public meeting by the four sitting commissioners after hearing from six highly qualified candidates. Gardner has a strong history of public service and deep ties to the Whidbey Island community. She told the board that because of her accounting background, she would focus on finances and overall organizational performance, but would also be a keen advocate for island residents and a thoughtful listener to their concerns. Gardner’s term as commissioner officially began at the board’s July 9, 2012 meeting.
Commissioner District 3, North Whidbey
Ron Wallin 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 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.
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 Whidbey General for nearly 26 years and wants to keep the hospital 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 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, current president of the Whidbey General Hospital Auxiliary and a volunteer registrar for Puget Sound Blood Center. Fey invites your concerns and questions with the goal of keeping Whidbey General alive and well and serving the residents of Whidbey Island.
Commissioner District 5, North Whidbey, Board President
Oak Harbor native Anne Tarrant holds a bachelor’s in Business Administration and has extensive experience in marketing, sales and finance. Her consulting practice specializes in strategic planning, corporate turnarounds and mergers and acquisitions. Tarrant’s community involvement includes past service on the boards of Soroptimist International and Habitat for Humanity of Island County. She and her husband started and managed Habitat for Humanity Restore, a thrift store in Oak Harbor that helps Habitat for Humanity build two homes a year for island residents. Tarrant currently is on the administrative council of her church and volunteers for the Polly Harpole Hospital Guild. “As commissioner, I have gained a deep appreciation for the compassionate, high quality care provided at our hospital,” says Tarrant. “Although the health care environment is challenging, I am confident we have the right team in place to meet any challenge and keep Whidbey General strong for many years to come.”