CEO Hired for Benewah Community Hospital

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Though she’s had offers to lead other hospitals as the chief executive offer, she didn’t accept one until now.

A little more than a year after the search for a new CEO began Brenda Parnell has been hired by Benewah Community Hospital to serve as its top executive.

Brenda Parnell was recently hired as the new CEO at Benewah Community Hospital. She has more than 20 years experience in health care and enjoys working in a rural setting.

Brenda Parnell was recently hired as the new CEO at Benewah Community Hospital. She has more than 20 years experience in health care and enjoys working in a rural setting.

“I’m very excited to be here and to be in the Pacific Northwest and to be close to family,” Ms. Parnell said.

Ms. Parnell has a background in health care that spans 25 years. She graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a bachelor’s of science in economics and finance and later received her master’s of business administration in health care administration from the University of Colorado.

Mike LaPlante, chairman of the hospital board, said Ms. Parnell was selected because of her “extensive health care experience” and “extensive financial background.”

“We’re excited to have her come on board,” Mr. LaPlante said. “She’s got a small town, rural background and a lot of experience in different areas.”

Ms. Parnell has primarily worked with rural hospitals serving in the capacity as chief financial officer. She’s worked in Tribune, Kan., Great Falls, Mont., Barrow, Alaska, and Homer, Alaska. She’s also worked in larger settings in Boise, Juneau, Anchorage and Moses Lake.

“I have a background in finance, but I have also been involved in administrative roles at times,” she said. “I enjoy working with smaller communities. I really love the people and becoming invested in the community.”

Ms. Parnell described herself as “strategy-minded” and felt she could work well at the helm as a CEO. She said when she looked at the position at Benewah Community Hospital it seemed like a good fit for her. She said she is interested in making the hospital sustainable as well as improving care
on all fronts.

“I understand that there has been an absence of leadership but I’m ready to work with the board, staff, doctors and the community to move things
forward.”

Ms. Parnell said she expects to be at Benewah Community Hospital long-term. She said she enjoys the area and the recreational opportunities it has to offer.

“I’m a tri athlete so I enjoy bicycling, running and swimming,” she said. “I’m also very health-minded and I just love the outdoors.”

Her other half, Keith Hertel, will be moving from Bayview with his high-school aged sons. She has one son Patrick, 25, who lives in Missoula.

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