Josh Martin, Chief Executive Officer
Josh joined Summit Pacific Medical Center in 2016 with more than two decades of healthcare experience in both large health systems and rural community hospitals. Josh has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration, both from Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho.
He has certifications in Lean Process Improvement from Washington State University and Social Marketing from Boise State University. Josh currently serves on the Washington State Hospital Association’s Board of Directors, Public Policy Committee, as well as the Rural Health Committee. Additionally, he is an active Board member of the Washington Rural Health Collaborative, Greater Grays Harbor Regional Chamber of Commerce and Chair for CHOICE Regional Health Network.
Josh understands the healthcare delivery system and enjoys the challenge of rural hospitals. He strives to create an organizational culture that embodies excellence, compassion and quality while advocating at a State and National level to transform our healthcare delivery system. In his free time, Josh enjoys mountain biking, playing soccer, volunteering in the community and spending time with his wife and 3 young children.
Tori Bernier, Chief Nursing Officer
Tori is coming to Summit Pacific with more than 38 years of healthcare experience. She began in 1982 as a Certified Nurse’s Aide. Tori has extensive experience in hospital and nursing operations in both critical access hospitals and large health systems. In her past roles, she worked to improve quality and safety, emergency preparedness, community, and population health and service line development. She believes the nursing profession is one of the most rewarding professions and appreciates what nursing brings to the organization as a whole.
She is a lifelong learner with a Bachelor’s in Education, from Central Washington University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from Washington State University. Tori holds a Master’s in Business Administration with Healthcare Administration as a focus from Western Governors University and is currently enrolled at Capella University to complete her Doctorate in Nursing Practice, with a focus on Healthcare Administration. With her experiences, Tori has realized that community nursing, specifically rural nursing, is her passion and focus. She looks forward to continuing her career in rural medicine where the community benefits in real and tangible ways. She is inspired by Summit’s focus on wellness and community engagement.
Tori and her husband Dick enjoy golf and spending time with friends and family. They’re also active in their church and community boards, including Ronald McDonald House and United Way. They look forward to joining the community and serving Grays Harbor County.
Jennifer Burkhardt, JD, Chief Talent and Legal Officer
Jennifer joined Summit Pacific with more than 25 years of human resources and legal experience, with a background that spans 13 years in healthcare. She began in private law practice in 1997 in the Seattle law firm of Karr Tuttle Campbell where she was a partner for 11 years before moving into healthcare. In healthcare organizations, she has served as in-house legal counsel and in both frontline and leadership roles in human resources. Her experience encompasses handling not only legal, HR, contracts, and regulatory matters, but also oversight of patient experience, marketing and communications, public relations, government affairs, compliance, risk management, education, and support departments. Summit Pacific’s commitment to wellness and preventative health programs align with Jennifer’s experience and passion for wellness programs that enhance patient health rather than focusing on only treatment of illness. She strongly supports Summit Pacific’s goal to continue to build the healthiest community in the nation. She has a proven track record of labor negotiations and interest-based collective bargaining in both big systems such as Providence and sole community hospitals such as Olympic Medical Center. Previous successful initiatives have included employee engagement, leadership development, HR technology implementations, and enhancement of patient experience and advocacy programs. Jennifer’s legal expertise includes advising on labor and employment, contractual matters, risk management, reimbursement and payer issues, technology agreements, and federal and state compliance.
As a Pacific Northwest native, Jennifer attended the University of Washington for undergraduate studies and the University of Washington School of Law where she completed her JD. She is admitted to practice in Western Washington, Eastern Washington, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Jennifer is committed to community relations and participation in the many local activities that abound in Grays Harbor. Her family, including three busy children, spends free time hiking, camping, spending time in the mountains, and traveling.
Winfried Danke, Chief Operating Officer
Winfried comes to Summit Pacific Medical Center with more than 20 years of executive leadership experience with healthcare provider systems, health plans, and community organizations managing and growing organizations, service lines, and programs.
Before joining Summit Pacific Medical Center, Winfried served as VP, Enterprise Strategy for Premera Blue Cross with responsibility for enterprise-wide strategy development, strategic planning, and strategy management. Winfried joined the health insurance company in 2020, initially leading strategy development for Washington, Alaska, and Premera’s national accounts.
Previously, Winfried led strategy and business development for Providence Health & Services in SW Washington and has executive oversight over several service lines, including oncology and women’s & children’s services. He was also responsible for population health improvements and value-based care. Prior, he led CHOICE Regional Health Network and Cascade Pacific Action Alliance, an Accountable Community of Health, improving community health in SW Washington through the collaboration of healthcare and social services providers, payers, public health and other community sectors.
Winfried has extensive executive leadership and management experience, having led health and community development organizations and programs in the US and internationally. He holds a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Southampton, England, and the equivalent of a master’s degree in political science and economics from the University of Hamburg in his native Germany. He lives in Olympia, Washington with his wife Kim and enjoys spending time with his three daughters. In his spare time, Winfried likes to travel and explore the beauty of the Pacific Northwest hiking and sea kayaking.
Ken Dietrich, MD, Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Ken Dietrich comes to Summit Pacific Medical Center with extensive knowledge in both medicine and administration. Prior to accepting the CMO role, Dr. Dietrich spent a year and a half working in SPMC’s Emergency Department. Dr. Dietrich is excited about Summit Pacific’s vision statement and realizes that Grays Harbor is an underserved area. His work at Summit Pacific will include evaluating systems, developing services, and working with our providers to ensure they have the resources they need to provide great care. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He has worked in critical care medicine for more than 34 years. He served as a pediatric critical care physician at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma for 26 years.
Dr. Dietrich received his medical degree from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1982. After receiving his medical degree, he received residency training in pediatrics at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at Oregon Health & Science University. After completing his residency Dr. Dietrich traveled to the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison where he completed his fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care. After completing fellowship Dr. Dietrich became the PICU Medical Director for LSU Medical School in Shreveport, Louisiana where he started their first PICU program. After successfully developing the PICU program, Dr. Dietrich and his family decided it was time to move back to the Pacific Northwest.
He came to Mary Bridge in Tacoma in 1990 as a pediatric intensivist and built a private practice from one employee to a large multi-specialty group, Pediatric Specialty Services. From 1997-2005, Dr. Dietrich led the development of a large Physician Hospital Organization (PHO) through partnerships between his multi-specialty group, a large primary care pediatric group, and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. The PHO, Mary Bridge Children’s Health Alliance, was engaged in program development, risk and fee-for-service contracting, installation of an EMR system throughout the hospital and physician practice locations, as well as billing, collecting, and other back office areas for over 240 physicians. During those years Dr. Dietrich pursued additional education, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies, a Masters in Business Education, and lastly a Masters in Christian Studies.
Dr. Dietrich has a wealth of experience managing various organizations including, time as President and CEO of InVivo Health Partners, sponsor and board member of the Pierce County Children’s Health Coalition, Chairman of the Board of Christian Athletic Program and Executive Administrator of Living Grace Ministries. He also served as President and CEO of a Tacoma Bible College from 1998-2014. Dr. Dietrich has traveled and offered overseas medical care through Operation Smile, and developed a youth soccer league, FC United, in Tacoma where he spent 15 years as a youth soccer coach.
He and his wife live on a farm outside of Elma where their 10 grandchildren love to visit and play with the animals. He looks forward to the community feel of SPMC and the personal feel of being able to see patients out in the community. He is excited to join the passionate and visionary executives at SPMC to develop our hospital district’s services.
James Hansen, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
James has more than 20 years of healthcare-specific financial experience. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Washington State University and a Master of Arts in Business Administration, with a concentration in Management and Strategy, from Western Governors University.
He has a passion for utilizing financial skills to help ensure resources are available to provide healthcare to communities. He is looking forward to helping Summit Pacific Medical Center build the healthiest community in the Nation.
James and his wife Joni have two sons. The Hansen family has a special affinity for two sports, hockey, as his sons played youth ice hockey for many years, and golf, as both boys competed in junior and collegiate golf. James and his wife spent the last four years in California and are excited to return to Washington, where they look forward to being closer to family and friends. Elma holds a special place for James, as he lived in Elma as he spent his college summers working as a laborer at the Satsop Nuclear Power Plant.