Walla Walla General Hospital promotes two execs

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Walla Walla General Hospital has announced two executive-level changes in the works for the Southgate medical center.

Starting next month, Brian Anderson, current vice president for outpatient services, will become interim chief financial officer, while Dr. Tom Underhill takes the role of chief medical officer.

Anderson moves into the role of Greg McCulloch, who is transitioning to Sonora Regional Medical Center, according to an announcement. Anderson previously served as CFO at Capitol Medical Center in Olympia, and was controller at Adventist Medical Center in Portland. He also worked at Florida Hospital in Orlando.

“Anderson’s past experience as a CFO, his current experience as part of the WWGH executive team and his enthusiasm for the hospital make him a great fit for this role,” said Walla Walla General President and CEO Monty Knittel in the announcement.

Underhill, an Emergency Room physician at General since 2004 and the emergency department’s medical director since 2011, will continue as an emergency physician, as well as chief medical officer.

He had been chief of staff from 2011 to 2013.

“During his time at WWGH, Dr. Underhill has been an enthusiastic advocate for high-quality patient care. He developed an outstanding team of ER physicians and led out in the development of our new Emergency Center which opened in 2012,” Knittel said. “He is appreciated by staff and patients alike and we are pleased to have him take on this new role.”

Underhill succeeds Dr. David Woolever, who was Walla Walla General’s first CMO, serving from 2009 until last February. Woolever is moving back to an outpatient internal medical practice with Adventist Health Medical Group starting June 16. That outfit will begin taking appointments for him in mid-May.

Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at 509-526-8321, vickihillhouse@wwub.com or on Twitter.

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