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Board of Commissioners

Whitman County Public Hospital District No. 3

Cherry Alice Van Tine, President
Term expires 2021

Cherry Alice Van Tine has served as Board Commissioner for Whitman County Public Hospital District No. 3 dba Whitman Hospital and Medical Center since 2003. A resident of Steptoe, WA she worked as a Medical Assistant for 39 years at Whitman Medical Group, 24 years as Dr. Tulin’s nurse and 15 years as Dr. Mellor’s nurse.

“Dr. Tulin and Gordon McLean encouraged me to file for Hospital Commissioner in 2003. I am so proud of our Hospital, the employees and the wonderful, first class care we give our patients. I feel it is part of my responsibility as a Commissioner to see WHMC continues to be the very best.”

Bob Vuletich, Vice President
Term expires 2023

Bob Vuletich has served as Board Commissioner for Whitman County Public Hospital District No. 3 dba Whitman Hospital and Medical Center Since January of 2018.  Bob is a resident of Colfax WA and currently works as a pharmacist for Tick Klock Drug.

"WHMC is a vital part of our community.  As a Hospital Commissioner, it is a privilege to serve with such dedicated health care professionals.  Our goal is to continue to provide this excellent level of health care for our patients."


Martin Marler, Secretary
Term expires 2021

Martin J. Marler has served as a Board Commissioner for Whitman County Public Hospital District No. 3 dba Whitman Hospital and Medical Center since 2006.  A resident of Colfax, WA he continues to farm, a forty-four year career.

“My primary reason to serve my community as a board commissioner was and is to help keep a top-rated hospital in Colfax to serve the needs of our hospital district”.

Tim Bruya, Comissioner
Term expires 2019

Tim Bruya has served as Board Commissioner for Whitman County Public Hospital District No. 3 dba Whitman Hospital and Medical Center since January of 2014. A resident of Colfax, WA he is currently Vice President of Inland Northwest Bank in Colfax working as an Agricultural Loan Officer. He moved back to the area in 1984 after graduating from the University of Puget Sound and completing the Seafirst Bank Officer Training Program.

“I joined the Board to give back to the Community in a meaningful way. Healthcare is challenging and always changing.   I am so impressed with the commitment of our employees/providers and the level of care they provide. We are so blessed to have each person that plays a role in taking care of our facility and providing care to patients, it truly takes a team!!!!!“

Georgie Leinweber, Commissioner
Term expires 2023

Senior Leadership

Hank Hanigan, Chief Executive Officer
Hank Hanigan joined Whitman Hospital and Medical Center as Chief Executive Officer in 2014. Hank is a life-long resident of Washington and most recently worked as the Chief Operating Officer at WhidbeyHealth on Whidbey Island. He received his Master’s Degree from WSU-Vancouver and his Bachelor’s Degree from Gonzaga University. On the state level, Hank is an active member of Washington State Hospital Association’s Public Policy Committee and Rural Hospital Committee. Locally he serves as a Board member of the Northwest Rural Hospital Network and the Whitman County Health Network, and has recently joined the Colfax Rotary.


Abby Smith, Chief Financial Officer
Abby Smith joined Whitman Hospital and Medical Center as Chief Financial Officer in March 2018. Abby is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and received her Masters of Accountancy and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from Gonzaga University.  Prior to joining Whitman Hospital she worked for a healthcare centered public accounting firm for 13 years assisting Critical Access Hospitals throughout the western United States in preparing Medicare cost reports, performing audits and providing financial and reimbursement consulting services.  A long-time resident of Whitman County, Abby is also a commissioner for Whitman County Public Hospital District #4 (Tekoa).


Pamela Akin, Chief Nursing Officer
Pamela Akin joined Whitman Hospital and Medical Center in July 2016 as the Interim Chief Nursing Officer and officially became employed here in this role in December of 2016. Pamela has worked as a Chief Nursing Officer, and/or Chief Quality Officer for the last 8 years, serving in such facilities as a 25 bed Critical Access Hospital and a multi campus Acute Care Hospital with up to 207 beds. Pamela comes with a strong background in both Quality and Clinical operation transformations.

Pamela earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Washburn University in Topeka Kansas, and her Master’s degree in Nursing Administration and Healthcare Systems at Wichita State University in Wichita Kansas.


Debbie Hoadley, Director of Ancillary Services
Debbie Hoadley joined Whitman Hospital and Medical Center in 1990. Debbie is the Director of Ancillary Services as well as the Director of Medical Staff Services at Whitman Hospital. In these roles, Debbie has many responsibilities and duties within the hospital, including overseeing the following ancillary departments: Laboratory, Imaging, Therapy, Food and Nutrition, Environmental, and Maintenance Services.

Debbie has been with Whitman Hospital for over 25 years, first serving as Director of Medical Staff, Risk Management, and Performance Improvement. She later added to her title the role of Manager of Health Information Management in 1992 and served in this position for 23 years before becoming the Director of Ancillary Services in 2015. Debbie received her degree from Boise State University in 1988.


Heather Reathaford, Director of Quality
Heather Reathaford joined Whitman Hospital and Medical Center in 2004. She has served as our Laboratory Manager, Infection Preventionist and most recently as the Lean Facilitator. Heather earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology-Chemistry at Manchester University and completed her Medical Laboratory Scientist program at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN. She has also completed her MSHS in Health Care Quality at George Washington University. Heather actively participates in the Washington State Hospital Association Rural Quality Leaders program.



2018 WHMC Organization Chart

Medical Staff

Board Meeting Agendas/Notices

Commissioners' Meeting 11/21/18