Morton General Hospital Chooses New CEO

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Seth Whitmer, of Walla Walla, will step in as the new chief executive officer of Morton General Hospital and the hospital-owned clinics beginning Aug. 27.

He was selected by the Lewis County Hospital District No. 1’s board of commissioners.

Whitmer is the current director of the Family Medical Center in Walla Walla. He earned his bachelor’s degree in health administration services from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, then earned his master’s degree in health administration at the University of Washington.

Whitmer will replace former CEO Ron DeArth, who retired last month.

Washington state law requires public hospital districts to make the administrator appointment during two regular board meetings. Whitmer’s appointment resolution was first introduced at the July 16 meeting. The appointment will be made official at the Aug. 20 meeting.