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KRH welcomes new Board of Trustees members

The Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH) Board of Trustees welcomed four new members at their June, 2019 meeting. All four were appointed to serve three-year terms beginning July 1, 2019. The new board members replace Dr. Christopher Gill, Dr. Pete Fisher, Dr. Karl Oehrtman and community member Curtis Lund, all of whom have completed their terms. The new KRH Board of Trustees members include:

Courtney Stout Paterson, MD, Physician Member

Dr. Paterson is a pediatric hospitalist who has been with KRH since 2016. Dr. Paterson earned her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle and completed her pediatric residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences program, where she also served as pediatric chief resident. Dr. Paterson also serves as co-medical director for Montana Children’s.

Tyler Hoppes, MD, Physician Member

Dr. Hoppes has been the Medical Director of Silvertip Emergency Physicians since January 2019. He is a graduate of Wright State University School of Medicine and did his emergency medicine residency at The Ohio State University. He began his career in Montana at Community Medical Center in Missoula and then transitioned to the Flathead Valley working full time at North Valley Hospital from 2012-2013. In 2013, he joined Silvertip Emergency Physicians as an emergency department physician at KRMC while also continuing to serve as a courtesy staff member at NVH.

Karen Perser, MD, Physician Member

Dr. Perser is an orthopedic surgeon practicing at Northwest Orthopedics & Sports Medicine since 2012. She received a medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School and completed her orthopedic residency at the University of Washington. She was also awarded a sports medicine fellowship from State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Perser is also actively involved in other leadership roles at KRH, including physician IT group member, A.L.E.R.T. Advisory Board member and OR governance board member.

Marjorie Spencer, Community Member

Spencer served as the chief financial officer at the Medical College of Wisconsin from 2007-2016 where she provided strategic financial leadership for the executive team and was responsible for financial operations. Prior to that, she was the chief operating officer for University of Washington Physicians for 10 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and an M.B.A. from Willamette University.


About the KRH Board of Trustees

The KRH Board of Trustees establishes the purposes and goals of Kalispell Regional Healthcare and provides quality oversight, financial oversight, planning oversight, and management oversight.

The board is comprised of 16 persons representing nine community members, six active physicians, the president of the medical staff and the president and CEO of the organization. Members represent the communities within the KRH service area, possess skills needed by the organization to carry forth strategic plans to and are committed to the community. Two members of the KRH Board of Trustees also serve as board members on the North Valley Hospital Board of Directors. Community members of the board serve a term of three years and are eligible to be nominated for a maximum of three consecutive three-year terms. Physician members serve for an initial term of three years with a second three-year term option for a six-year total limitation.

Upon vacancy, the KRH Nominations, Governance & Compensation Committee of the board considers nominees and makes recommendations to the KRH Board of Trustees. The board conducts a ballot vote to finalize selection of the new members.

KRH Board of Trustees members are volunteers and not compensated for their board duties.



About Kalispell Regional Healthcare

Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH) is a nonprofit, 354-bed health system located in the iconic Flathead Valley of northwest Montana. While the main medical campus is located in Flathead County, KRH draws from a total service area covering 13 counties, nearly 40,000 square miles and a population of more than 600,000. The health system consists of three hospitals, nearly 40 provider clinics and a host of other health care services, including the nation’s first rural air ambulance service (A.L.E.R.T.), which it has maintained for more than 40 years. Founded in 1910, KRH has provided exceptional care for more than 100 years to the communities it serves. Throughout its history, the organization has continued to grow and evolve with the growth and changing needs of the communities it serves.

More than 4,000 physicians, nurses, health care professionals and support staff work together to provide patients and their families with a positive, proactive, patient-centered experience. KRH is especially well known for its programs in cardiovascular care, oncology, neuroscience and spine care, orthopedics, women’s health, pediatrics and behavioral health.