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Staff List



Don AllisonFamily Medicine Physician

Dr. Don Allison specializes in Family Medicine. He joined the Morton General Hospital medical staff in 2007, originally based at the Randle Medical Clinic. You can now find him at the Riffe Medical Center.

Dr. Allison was originally from Oklahoma. However, he earned his medical degree at the University of Texas in Galveston, Texas in 2003. He completed his residency in Family Medicine in Waco Family Medicine in Waco, Texas in 2006 followed by an additional one-year fellowship in Rural Medicine.

Dr. Allison can be reached for appointment at 360-983-8990.


Charles Thomas Anderson, M.DBoard-Certified General Surgeon, Emergency Physician

Dr. “Tom” Anderson is Morton General Hospital’s primary surgeon. He has been the director of the hospital’s surgery clinic since his move to Morton in January 2003. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in chemistry at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA in 1979 and then went on to work on his medical degree at the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, graduating in 1983.

Dr. Anderson completed his General Surgery Residency from 1983 to 1988 at the Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He served as a surgeon in the U.S. Air Force at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina from 1988-1994 before opening his private practice in East Liverpool, Ohio in 1994.

Dr. Anderson specializes in Laparoscopic cholecytectomy and endoscopy, upper and lower. He also performs an incision-less surgery, TIF, to treat the cause of acid reflux.

He can be reached for appointment at 360-496-3641.


Merrell Cooper, D.O.Family Medicine Physician

Dr. Merrell Cooper specializes in Family Practice Medicine at the Morton Medical Center.

Dr. Cooper came to Morton to work at the Morton Medical Center in 1993 after completing his Internship and Residency at the Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa from 1990 to 1993.

He completed his Doctorate of Osteopathy in 1990 at the University of Osteopathic Medical and Health Science in Des Moines.

In addition to general family practice, Dr. Cooper also performs spinal manipulations and treats acute back injuries and non-surgical orthopedics.

He can be reached for appointment at 360-496-5145.


Jeffery Ford, M.D.Emergency Department Physician and Director

Dr. Jeff Ford specializes in Emergency Medicine as well as serving as the director of Morton General Hospital’s emergency department. In addition, he also serves on the hospital's Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Physician Credentialing Committee.

Dr. Ford earned his Bachelors of Science Degree at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1988. He then went on to earn his medical degree at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta in 1992. He completed his two-year Family Practice Residence in Calgary in 1994.

Dr. Ford worked in private practice for eight years before moving to emergency medicine. He worked at the Providence Seaside Hospital in Seaside, Ore. for eight years until coming to Morton General in 2002.


Mark Hansen, M.D.Family Medicine Physician

Dr. Mark Hansen is a Family Practice physician, working at the Morton Medical Center next door to Morton General Hospital.

Dr. Hansen came to Morton in 1997 after completing his Family Practice Residency in San Bernardino County Medical Center in San Bernardino, Calif. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif. in 1994. His undergraduate degree was a Bachelor’s of Science in chemistry at the Pacific Union College in Angwin, Calif. in 1989.

He can be reached for appointment at 360-496-5145.


Quoc Ho, MDInternal Medicine Specialist

Dr. Quoc Ho is an Internal Medicine specialist. He joined the Randle Clinic and Morton General Hospital staff in April of 2015.

Dr. Ho was born in Vietnam but grew up in Seattle after his family immigrated here when he was 3-years old. He earned his medical degree at Stanford University in California and completed his residency through the University of Washington in Boise, Idaho.

In addition to treating patients in Morton General Hospital, he sees his clinic patients at the Randle Medical Clinic located at 108 Kindle Road in Randle. He can be reached for appointment at 360-497-3333.


Kevin McCurry, M.D.Chief Medical Officer, Emergency Physician, Sleep Clinic Director

Dr. Kevin McCurry, one of our emergency department physicians, also serves as medical director of Morton General Hospital Sleep Lab.

Dr. McCurry earned his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in geology at Portland State University in Portland, Ore. in 1984 after attending Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland from 1977-1980.

Dr. McCurry completed his Doctor of Medicine degree at the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine in Camden, Utah in 1990, graduating with honors. He completed a one-year Internal Medicine Internship at the University of Utah and then went on to a two-year residency at Shasta Cascade Family Medicine at the University of California in Redding, Calif., where he served as Chief Resident in his third year.


Esther Park-Hwang, M.D.Gynecology Physician

Dr. Esther Park-Hwang specializes in women’s healthcare. In addition to working part time at Morton General Hospital, she also works with Multicare Health Systems in Tacoma where she practices gynecology and obstetrics. She is also on the OB/GYN faculty at the Tacoma Family Medicine Residency Program and Rural Family Medicine Fellowship Program.

Dr. Park-Hwang completed her medical degree at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California in 1993 after earning her bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1989. She completed an internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Illinois in Chicago, Ill.

Dr. Park-Hwang joined the Morton General Hospital medical staff in 2009, bringing us a long sought after gynecology specialist. She has a special interest in menopause management, premenstrual syndrome, abnormal pap smears and dysfunctional uterine bleeding.

Dr. Park-Hwang enjoys hiking, nature walks, overseas mission trips, classical music and spending time with family.

She can be reached for appointment at 360-496-3641.


Robin Rice, PA-CPhysician Assistant

Physician Assistant Robin Rice’s professional healthcare career started after graduation as an RN in 1982 from Antelope Valley Community College in Lancaster, CA. She later returned to college to earn her Bachelor of Science-Nursing degree from California State University in Dominguez Hills in 1995. During those years, she worked many types of nursing jobs from emergency department, critical care, home health nurse, and home hospice nurse. Robin returned to college at the University of California in Davis to begin her training as a physician assistant, graduating in 1997.

Robin has worked primarily in family medicine but has also served as an emergency department provider, urgent/walk-in care provider, manager of acute inpatients and long-term care residents. She has also been a corrections care provider at the Lewis County and Cowlitz County jails.

Robin has two grown children who live in Western Washington as well as one wonderful grandson.


Layne Schnider, PA-CPhysican Assistant

Layne Schnider, Physician Assistant, sees patients in the full scope of family medicine. She joined the Randle Medical Clinic medical staff in October of 2015.

Layne’s medical background actually started in respiratory therapy (RT). In fact, her experience as a respiratory therapist led her to return to school to earn her Physician Assistant credentials.

Originally from Kansas, she earned her RT credentials from the University of Kansas. Seven years later, she obtained her physician assistant credentials in Denver, Colo.


Keiran Shute, M.D.Family Medicine Physician

Dr. Keiran Shute joined the medical staff at Morton General Hospital and Riffe Medical Center in 2016. He was born and raised in Coastal British Columbia, completed his medical degree at Saba University of Medicine in the Dutch Caribbean and completed his residency at the University of Florida. Serving as chief resident in his final year, he was honored as being selected the “Teacher of the Year” and “Resident of the Year” in his residency program.

Dr. Shute greatly enjoys the engagement he experiences in his work, noting that never is a day the same as the one before. He loves spending his life’s energies and enthusiasm working with people to make their own best decisions about their lives.

Dr. Shute can be reached for appointment at 360-983-8990.