Ron DeArth, CPA, has served as Morton General Hospital’s Chief Executive Director sine July 2005, first as an interim position and then became the permanent administrator in February of 2006. He also serves as our Public Information Officer. Ron started at Morton General Hospital as our Chief Financial Officer in October 2001. Prior to coming to Morton, he was with a multi-hospital system in Eastern Washington for 25 years.
Human Resources Director
Sheri Hendricks has served on the Board of Commissioners since January 2009 when she was appointed to fill a vacated at-large position. In November of that year, she won the general election for Position No. 4. She served as Secretary of the Board in January in 2011, which she served for two years. She was elected to the chairperson position in 2013.
Sheri is a 29-year veteran of the Washington Officials Association and has served Lewis County Volleyball as the assigning secretary since 1983. She is a lifelong resident of the Mossyrock area, where she and her husband, Fred, owned and operated their own business. They have two grown daughters and two grandchildren. Her interests include traveling, reading, crocheting, outdoor activities and caring for her family.
Marc Fisher represents Commissioner District No. 1, which loosely takes in the Morton and Mineral communities. He was appointed to an unexpired term in February 2004. He has served as both Chairman of the Board for several years and is currently serving as Secretary to the Board.
Marc graduated from college in 1968 and moved from Colorado to Oregon in 1969. He met his wife, Louise, in 1972 in Portland. Marc and Louise moved to the Morton area in 1984, joining the family Christmas Tree business. After 16 years of exciting, healthy work, an offer was presented to buy the business. After the sale, Marc and Louise built a home in Morton. Since that time, he has been active in the community volunteering for organizations, including the Lions Club, president of Cowlitz River Valley Historical Society, Eastern Lewis County Hospital Foundation and helping out at the Morton Roxy Theater.
Glenn Allen, of Morton, serves in one of the two "at large" commissioner positions. He was elected in the general election in 1995 and again in 2000 and 2006 to six-year terms.
Ross Jones, of Mossyrock, is well-vested in Morton General Hospital and health care in East Lewis County. He served as a hospital commissioner for several years in the mid 1990s. Then after leaving the hospital district for a number of years, he returned to the board in August 2005, serving as chairman of the board several times in recent years.
Ross served in the U.S. Army from 1961-1963, serving as a corpsman in an evacuation hospital. He then earned his teaching degree in industrial arts at Walla Walla College. During those years he worked for St. Mary’s Hospital as an ER technician and hospital orderly. Upon graduation, Ross began teaching Industrial arts at Morton High School. He went on to earn a master’s degree in education and K-12 administrators credentials.
Following his retirement from education, Ross worked for himself in a remodeling and construction businesses for 10 years. These days, he and his wife enjoy retirement in Mossyrock with some time spent in Arizona each year.
Ross is convicted in his belief that Morton General Hospital plays a vital role in the East Lewis community. “I believe the board encourages and oversees that each person receives the highest possible level of care. The board serves as guardian of public funds.”
Kent Smith has lived all of his adult life in Packwood and currently represents Randle and Packwood on the Board of Commissioners. Kent believes that board business must be as transparent as possible, that availability of hospital services should be continually expanding to better serve the patrons of the hospital district, and that, in order for a rural hospital to meet those needs, the budget itself will often be riding close to the edge of the district's financial abilities. It is not the job of a hospital district to be a bank to save the people's money, Kent argues, but, as the steward of the people's money, to wisely invest in their current and future medical needs within the constraints imposed upon it by county, state, and federal forces. Not even a hospital district is an entity unto itself. It, too, must offer the best healthcare it can within the purview of the law and according to its financial opportunities.
Kent retired as a local high school English teacher but continues teaching at Centralia Cllege.