Community Health Boards
PeaceHealth is guided by the PeaceHealth Board of Directors and by Community Health Boards in each of our network service areas in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. These volunteer board members are community leaders who fully partner with PeaceHealth in making and supporting decisions based on our Mission and Values as well as our Vision for the organization—that every person receives safe, compassionate care: every time, every touch. Our Community Health Boards are also charged with setting policy regarding quality, stewardship, planning, community service and advocacy.
PeaceHealth United General Medical Center Community Health Board
Jim Barnhart, Chief Administrative Officer
Jim Barnhart, the Chief Administrative Officer for PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center and United General 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.
Jim is a graduate of the University of Washington MHA program, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, past chairman of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) small and rural committee and recipient of the American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion award.
Tom Cable, Chair
Tom 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 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
Julie 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 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
George 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 Sullivan, MD, FACEP
Dr. Sullivan lives with his wife, Ashley, on San Juan Island. A board-certified practitioner, Dr. Sullivan serves patients of Friday Habor at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center and Bellingham at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. He is the EMS supervising physician for Whatcom County Fire District 7, San Juan County EMS Director and the agency Medical Director for San Juan Island EMS/Island Air Ambulance. He earned his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences Chicago Medical School.
Jennifer Armstrong MA - ATR
Jennifer Armstrong lives on San Juan Island. She is the director of the San Juan Family Resource Center, a stand-alone social services non-profit serving San Juan Island. She has a background in clinical art therapy, children's services, teacher training and grant writing. Armstrong earned her bachelor's degree in Psycology from the University of California in Los Angeles and her master's degree in Clinical Art Therapy from New York University in New York.