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Board of Commissioners

The meetings of Summit Pacific Medical Center’s Board of Commissioners occur monthly on the 4th Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Meetings are held in the Kelsey Conference Room at Summit Pacific Medical Center unless otherwise noted. Meeting information is posted in the local news media per the RCW requirements, and are also available by calling Jori Stott, Senior Executive Assistant, at 360-346-2280.

For recent minutes, agendas and financials, click on the links to the left to obtain pdf copies of these documents. Financial statements and minutes will be posted each month after Board review and approval.


Andrew Hooper, Board Chair

I was appointed to Grays Harbor County Public Hospital District #1’s board of commissioners in 2008 and was thrilled to take on the challenge. My background is in business management. I currently manage my own business as a financial services professional with New York Life, but my prior experience has been with the operations of retail stores. My personal mission is to live for the opportunity to help others succeed. Whether that success be in life or work, I am there for anyone who will accept my help. I love to motivate others and enjoy the aspect of making and meeting goals. I strive to see success in others as well as in myself. I believe that I will benefit Summit Pacific because of my strong leadership skills, drive for success, and positive attitude. I am focused, self-motivated, and a team player.

Gary Thumser, Vice Chair

Having felt that he had the time and experience necessary to make a great hospital district commissioner, Mr. Thumser entered the race and accepted his nomination in January 2014. He was very excited to join the board of commissioners as he felt this was a great opportunity for him to help both his community and all that utilize the medical center and clinics. Mr. Thumser has extensive history in our community, working with Simpson Timber for 31 years, serving as a VP for Our Community Credit Union, and serving as a president and CEO of a multi-office 25 million dollar financial institution. Gary also has previous experience with public service having served a term on McCleary School District Board. Gary looks forward to working with the other commissioners to make Summit Pacific Medical Center a first-class, affordable, local hospital and treatment center for Eastern Grays Harbor and surrounding areas.

Brent Meldrum, Board Secretary

Mr. Meldrum’s 40 plus years of career experience includes duties as senior engineer, senior technology consultant and Chief Technology Officer for a startup development company implementing new technologies. His experience for the last twelve years as an owner and CEO of Coastal Transport LLC has lead to a successful NEMT (non-emergent medical transport) transport company which continues to expand and grow. Coastal Transport’s growth in Special Needs Transportation has more than doubled in size and capacity in the last five years.

Mr. Meldrum is an active member of CTANW a membership organization for transportation providers statewide. He currently serves as 1st Vice President making him aware of the challenges facing the special needs transportation industry throughout the State and Nation. His involvement in industry organizations leads to further enhance transportation alternatives for those who are in need. He is committed to advancing “special needs transportation” in the State of Washington by continuing his work with local and state agencies to raise awareness of the special needs population. He provides training and assistance with emergency planning for “special needs populations” throughout the State of Washington.

Mr. Meldrum served on the board of directors acting as Board Chairman for Summit Pacific Medical Center for over five years and was actively engaged in implementing the plan for building the new hospital in Elma, Washington. He just recently re-joined the Board of Summit Pacific Medical Center. The experience, working knowledge and community involvement, he has gained over the past 40 years uniquely qualifies him to apply his experience in assessing business needs, formulating business solutions and implementing operational initiatives.

Louie Figueroa, Commissioner

My interest in the medical field began when I became an EMT as a volunteer fireman in Renton, WA. I went into the Navy as a medical corpsman, working first as an orthopedic ward corpsman. I also worked in all areas of the hospital, including kitchen, laundry, lab, surgery, housekeeping. I then went to medical lab school, and spent seven years as a medical lab tech. When I wanted more patient contact I went to Independent Duty School, and spent my last four years at a Naval Air Station , near Boston, MA. I then applied and was accepted at the U of W Physician Assistant Program. I graduated April 1986, and practiced in Family Medicine. In 1993 I took a position as Medical Program Director for the Medical Assistant Program, for Eton Technical Institute, in Everett, WA until 2003. I now work for WA State Dept. of Corrections at Stafford Creek Correctional Ctr. In Aberdeen, WA, as a Clinical Health Care Specialist. It is a very challenging setting in which to practice medicine.

In my many years in the medical profession, the two most important qualities to be acquired by any healthcare organization is quality care and customer service. You must have both to deliver the type of care patients need and deserve. Due to personal medical problems, I have seen first hand when these qualities are not met. Going to ERs in Everett and Olympia at the large hospital settings, waits of 4-5 hrs were common. When I first came to Mark Reed Hospital I was pleased at the rapid service and quality of care I received. As a Commissioner of the Grays Harbor County Public Hospital District, it is my goal to preserve this Quality of care. Though we need to grow in volume, we need to keep the short response time for our patients in medical need. We need to continue the services of our outpatient clinic to serve those who may not have the resources to go anywhere for their medical care. We want to be the “Medical Home” for more people in the District, and continue to meet their needs with quality efficient medical care.

Georgette Hiles, Commissioner

I was born and raised in Elma. After graduating high school, I joined the U.S. Air Force where I spent several years as an inventory management specialist. In 1973, I returned to the area and began working for the USDA. I began working for Grays Harbor County Public Hospital District No. 1. in February 1992 and retired from the organization in August 2016.

I have a passion for healthcare and it is important to me that the organization remains financially viable and able to provide high quality care for our patients and surrounding communities by being able to recruit and retain healthcare providers.

I have been married for over 48 years; my husband and I share three children and four granddaughters. In my free time, I enjoy caring for our property, hosting events for our family and friends, traveling, reading and baking.

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Upcoming Events

10:00 AM Blood Drive at Summit Pacific @ Summit Pacific Medical Center
Blood Drive at Summit Pacific @ Summit Pacific Medical Center
Jul 25 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
We’re hosting a blood drive! Bloodworks Northwest will be on site with their Bloodmobile accepting whole blood donations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a break from 12- 1 p.m. The Bloodmobile will be located outside of the main patient entrance in the SPMC parking lot.
5:30 PM Community Education Dinner – Mee... @ Summit Pacific Medical Center, Kelsey Conference Room
Community Education Dinner – Mee... @ Summit Pacific Medical Center, Kelsey Conference Room
Aug 14 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Community Education Dinner - Meet Our New Providers @ Summit Pacific Medical Center, Kelsey Conference Room | Elma | Washington | United States
Join us for a meet & greet with our new providers, Dr. Belinda Lear, MD, MPH, Dr. Brian Lear, MD & Dr. Nicole Taylor, ND   Have your questions answered and see if any of these new providers is right for you!


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