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Community Board

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center is governed by a Community Board, with a majority membership of Island residents. The Community Board is responsible for oversight of PeaceHealth Peace Island's quality, safety and operating performance.

Charles Anderson, Chair

Anderson, a co-chair of the San Juan Community Hospital Committee, is also chair of the San Juan Island Community Foundation and co-chair of the Peace Island Medical Center Steering Committee. He moved to San Juan Island in 1976 and co-founded Cogent Data Technologies, a computer network hardware company that he helped develop to reach international markets. Friday Harbor was the company headquarters with offices in Munich, Tokyo and Seattle. He sold the company in 1996 and retired. He was educated at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (electrical engineering), Temple University (medicine) and The University of Washington (physiology and molecular biophysics) with postdoctoral work on molecular biology at the University of Leiden and University College London. 

Jim Barnhart, Chief Administrative Officer

Barnhart, the Chief Administrative Officer for PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, has worked in health care administration for over 30 years with extensive experience as a hospital and medical group chief executive in a rural community after serving as vice president at a large regional medical center. He has demonstrated expertise in leading the development and growth of an integrated health care organization comprised of hospital, medical group and diversified health services. Barnhart is a graduate of the University of Washington Masters of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, past chairman of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) Rural Committee and recipient of the American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion award.

Tom Cable, Vice Chair

Cable was a co-chair of the San Juan Community Hospital Committee and is a board member of the San Juan Island Community Foundation as well as co-chair of the Peace Island Medical Center Steering Committee. A retired venture capitalist, Cable was a founder of Cable & Howse Ventures as well as Cable, Howse & Ragen, a Seattle investment banking firm now known as Ragen MacKenzie, a division of Wells Fargo. Cable was a founder and past chairman of the Washington Research Foundation, a technology transfer and early-stage venture capital organization that to date has returned over $250 million to the University of Washington. He served as chairman of the University of Washington Foundation for two years and was a founding vice-chairman of the Technology Alliance. A former US Navy submarine officer, he has a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Stanford University. 

Peggy Gerlock

Gerlock has more than 20 years’ experience in marketing, including market research, product development and strategic development. Much of this experience has been in the health care sector. She serves on the San Juan Island Community Foundation where she serves on the Critical Needs Task Force for Arts Education and co-chairs both the grants committee and the Youth in Philanthropy program. For nearly 10 years, Gerlock has also served the Islands Museum of Art & Sculpture Park and the San Juan Island Yacht Club. She received her Master of Science degree from the University of Washington. Currently, she is the director of marketing and business development for Leo J. Shapiro & Associates based out of Chicago and also runs an organic farm on San Juan Island called Jumpin' J G.​

Julie Gralow, MD

Gralow lives in Seattle with her husband, Hugh. Well known for her expertise in cancer care, she currently holds several positions at the University of Washington, including director of Breast Medical Oncology, professor for the Department of Medicine-Division of Oncology and faculty member for the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Gralow is also a member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Clinical Research Division. She completed oncology fellowships at the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Prior to that, Gralow earned her medical degree from the University of Southern California and completed her internship and residency training at Harvard Medical School. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research.

Rebecca Pohlad

Pohlad and her husband Robert live in Friday Harbor. A regular fundraising volunteer, Rebecca has helped raise money for Breck School and Cornerstone Women's Shelter in Minnesota. She's currently fundraising for the Humane Society. She was recently appointed by President Obama to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts as a general trustee. With family ties to Minnesota, Rebecca currently serves on the Walker Art Center board. Pohlad is a graduate of Iowa State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree.

Kathleen Pruitt, CSJP

A native to Northwest Washington, Sister Kathleen is a member of the Western Region of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Peace. She serves on the PeaceHealth board of directors as Vice President of Values and Spirituality and was previously vice president for PeaceHealth's Center for Mission. She's also a faculty member of the PeaceHealth Leadership in Ministry Program. Sister Kathleen holds a master's degree in history from Seattle University and a master's degree in social work from the University of Washington. She has taught elementary and secondary school and is active in religious, ecumenical, educational, civic and political communities.

George Von Gehr

Von Gehr has owned a house on San Juan Island with his wife, Barbara, since 2000. He retired in 2005 after founding the investment banking firm, Alliant Partners. Prior to that, he managed several mergers and acquisitions in his role as managing director for L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin. Von Gehr earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, and both a Juris Doctor and MBA degrees from Stanford University. He currently serves on the board of directors for several organizations, including the University of Washington Laboratories in Friday Harbor, Washington Technology and Earlens Corporation.

Michael Wingren, MD

Dr. Wingren lives with his wife, Elizabeth, in Friday Harbor. A board-certified family practitioner, Dr. Wingren served patients of Friday Harbor at Inter Island Medical Center for more than a decade. He earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota. After that, Dr. Wingren completed a family practice residency at the University of California, San Diego. He also holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Alabama.
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