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About United General Medical Center

PeaceHealth United General Leadership Team 

Members of the PeaceHealth United General Leadership Team embrace a model fully rooted in our Mission and Values and in our heritage as a Catholic health care ministry. This model guides our leaders in every aspect of their work and oversight responsibilities. It challenges us to relentlessly pursue improvements in patient outcomes and service to patients and families while awakening joy, meaning and purpose in the human spirit.

Charles Prosper, Chief Executive, Northwest Network

Charles Prosper, MSPT, MBA

Chief Executive, Northwest Network

Charles brings nearly 30 years of healthcare experience to PeaceHealth, holding roles of increasing management and executive-level responsibility in healthcare settings ranging from small community hospitals to large, tertiary care facilities. A service-oriented leader who advocates for innovation, Charles is highly skilled in building and maintaining relationships with caregivers, providers and the community. Prior to joining PeaceHealth, Charles served as chief executive officer of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, California, a multi-campus hospital enterprise, part of Sutter Health, based in Sacramento. 

Chris Johnston, PharmD, FACHE

Chris Johnston, PharmD, FACHE

Chief Administrative Officer, PeaceHealth United General Medical Center

Chris joined United General Hospital in 2004 as director of pharmacy. He took on the role of director of professional services following the 2014 partnership between the hospital and PeaceHealth, and became CAO in January of 2016. Chris received Bachelor of Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Washington State University.

His pharmacy career has brought with it not only hospital experience but also work within home infusion and hospice. In his current role, he is active within the community supporting both the Population Health Trust and Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County.

Chris lives in Mount Vernon and enjoys hiking, basketball and spending time with his family and their four-legged companion Millie.

Sharon Rutherford, RN, BSN, MSHA

Sharon Rutherford, RN, BSN, MSHA

Director of Clinical Services, PeaceHealth United General Medical Center

Sharon started with PeaceHealth in 2002 as a nursing director in Bellingham. She supported most of the nursing departments in various roles at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center at one time or another. She left for five years to help plan and build a new hospital in uptown Denver while working as their Emergency Department director. She returned to PeaceHealth St. Joseph in 2016 as a nursing director before transitioning to her current position at PeaceHealth United General in 2020.

Sharon has direct oversight of all clinical nursing services at the hospital. In her previous roles, she has overseen nursing in the ED, critical care, cardiovascular, medical, surgical, joint center, wound care and pediatrics units. She prides herself in the ability to quickly assess the big picture and provide practical and workable solutions for short- and long-term gains. She has been very successful in establishing and maintaining collaborative working relationships with peers, frontline caregivers and physician partners. This has allowed her to support continued trust and collaboration throughout nursing at United General, leading to positive patient outcomes and sustained financial growth.

Sharon is originally from northern British Columbia and returns frequently to spend time with family. In her early life and career, she spent time working at an orphanage in Brazil and running medical clinics in Guatemala and the Amazon.

Rod Dalseg

Rod Dalseg

Director of Professional Services, PeaceHealth United General Medical Cente

Rod originally worked for United General Hospital in the late 80s and 90s, before the hospital’s partnership with PeaceHealth, and returned in June of 2018 as manager of imaging and respiratory care. He stepped into his current role a few months later. He oversees diagnostic imaging, respiratory therapy, pharmacy and food services, among other services.

Prior to PeaceHealth, Rod was chief operating officer at Skagit Radiology in Mount Vernon. He previously held a number of management positions at Island Hospital in Anacortes and Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon. He earned a master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Saint Francis in Joliet, Illinois, and a Bachelor of Arts in Health Science from the same institution. He started his academic career with an Associate of Arts in Radiology Sciences from Bellevue College.

Rod is a graduate of Leadership Skagit, where he also served as a leadership coach. He is active in his community of residence, Conway, where he served as a school board director for eight years.