Press Release

September 9, 2010   
For Immediate Release

Contact: Jim Hobbs, President, Public Hospital District No. 1 Board of Commissioners, 424-1695
              Balisa Koetje, Commissioner, Position 1, 421-4111

Balisa Koetje appointed commissioner for Public Hospital District No. 1, Skagit Valley Hospital

MOUNT VERNON – Mount Vernon resident Balisa Koetje was appointed Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010 to fill the vacant position on the Skagit Valley Hospital Board of Commissioners.

The vacancy on the seven-member board was created by the resignation in June of Bronwyn Pickering, a member of the board since May 2002.

Koetje has been involved in commercial real estate and property management in Skagit County for the past 20 years, most recently working for Windermere Real Estate Commercial Division.

She is a former member and past president of the Conway School Board. She is involved with the Ann Carlson Guild supporting Seattle Children’s and is a past board member of the Skagit Valley Family YMCA. She is a graduate of Whitworth College with a major in business management and accounting and a minor in economics.

Koetje said she applied for the position because of her interest in quality health care to meet the needs of the community.

“I have keen interest in the community and health care, coming from my professional municipal finance background and personally as a resident of this community,” Koetje said. “I thank the board for appointing me to this position and I look forward to joining a very strong board during a time when the hospital has continued to flourish, despite the economy, as we take care of our community and continue to grow.”

Koetje and her husband, Jim, have two children, Jordan, age 21 and Jake, age 18.