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
Ross Jones, of Mossyrock, served in a hospital commissioner position for several years in the mid 1990s. After leaving the board for a number of years, he was re-appointed to fill an unexpired term in August 2005. He has served as Chairman of the Board several years, most recently being appointed to the position in January of 2011.
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, Hendricks won the general election for Position No. 4. She was appointed Secretary of the Board in January 2011.
Hendricks is a 29 year veteran of the Washington Officials Association and has served Lewis County Volleyball as the assigning secretary since 1983.
Sheri 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.
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.
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, Marc 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.
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 Secretary to the Board. He is currently serving as chairman.
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 a local college.