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How has your background in nursing helped you as
CEO of the Wallowa Health Care District?
Wallowa County Chieftain
Being an RN is a huge advantage to being a CEO. Mix-
ing that with an MBA from Regis University, you get both
sides of the job. I’m not sure I’d want to try to be a CEO
without that background. It’s fun being CEO of the hospi-
tal where you started out on nightshift as a nurse.
My ﬁ rst nursing supervisor at Wallowa Memorial Hos-
pital, in 1999, was Jo Ruonavaara RN, who was the Direc-
tor of Nursing and an outstanding example of commitment
to excellence in serving the local community. I have been
blessed by outstanding, mission driven “supervisors” and
mentors throughout my service in health care, who have
set a very high bar to aim at.
You left Wallowa County for a higher paying job
with Adventist Health as CEO at Tillamook Regional
Medical Center. Why move back to Wallowa County?
It was very difﬁ cult to leave Wallowa and the commu-
nity and friends we had in 2007, especially after the new
hospital had just opened. However, a number of events
made it clear that we were being led to return to Adventist
Health (Tillamook) for a time.
We had a great time working again for Adventist Health
in Tillamook and were able to reestablish old relationships
and develop new ones.
There are many pros and cons working in a system hos-
pital versus stand-alone hospital. It was a very beneﬁ cial
experience to lead a larger hospital and to experience the
CEO of Wallowa County Health District and
Wallowa Memorial Hopital
Larry Davy, CEO of Wallowa County Health District
and Wallowa Memorial Hospital has been CEO twice –
ﬁ rst from 2001-07 and again when he returned to Wallowa
County in 2014.
April 5, 2017
nuances of life in a corporate system. Hopefully our ex-
periences at each stage of our careers bring an enhanced
skill set to the next.
We’re seeing some radical changes in health insur-
ance coverage along with some ambitious goals as to
how Oregon hospitals will serve the public. What are
your concerns about the industry in Oregon (and how
that effects WMH) right now?
Health care is going through massive changes at the
national, state of Oregon and local levels. The need to im-
prove access, reduce costs and improve quality, with the
threat of lower reimbursement is a monumental task.
Rural hospitals are especially threatened, and are in
need of regulation and statute changes in order to better
meet the needs of their communities for the long-term.
In addition, rapid change is difﬁ cult for most people,
including those serving in healthcare.
There is a palpable fatigue in healthcare that is very
concerning related to the constant change and increasing
It is vital that we reinvent systems and the way we do
the work of healthcare to better serve our communities,
while at the same time reducing the fatigue factor of those
Even with the myriad of challenges facing us, I still
believe that Wallowa Memorial Hospital’s ﬁ nest hour is
still ahead of us because of the commitment to excellence
of our staff and physicians, and the vital support of the
What’s Happening in Wallowa County
Thursday, April 6
Saturday, April 8
Preschool Science Thursday:
9:30 a.m. Preschoolers and their
parents can arrive an hour before
storytime to participate in special
science stories and activities.
Snacks are provided. 101 NE
First St., Enterprise.
Tamkaliks rummage and bake
sale: 10 a.m. The annual fundrais-
ing event features Indian tacos,
fry bread, chili and pie by the
slice. There will also be an assort-
ment of rummage sale items, in-
cluding books, household goods,
furniture, toys, clothing, shoes,
baby clothes, sporting goods and
more. Proceeds will go toward
two scholarships each year, one
for a Native American and one to
a local county graduate. 209 E.
Second St., Wallowa.
Friday, April 7
Beginning Guitar for Kids:
10 a.m. For kids just starting out
or who need to review. Learn
basics of tuning, holding guitar,
strumming with a pick, easy cords
and simples songs. Fee: $60.
Instructor: Janis Carper. 705 S.
River St., Enterprise.
Drawing and Painting for
Teens and Adults: 3 p.m. For
ages 13 and older. Taught by
Jennifer Klimsza. 403 North Main
Library Parent-Child Play-
group: 9 a.m. Songs, stories,
snacks and activities for kids and
parents focusing on developing
kindergarten readiness skills. 207
W. Logan, Enterprise.
Doors open at 6 p.m., music at 7
p.m., all ages welcome. 111 W.
Main St., Enterprise.
Wallowa County Farmer’s
Market Vendor Symposium: 9
a.m. Come learn how to be a suc-
cessful market vendor and about
the 2017 season. Marketing skills,
Booth Display and Arrangement
Salesmanship. Call Carol Bartlow
at 541-398-8435 or email wal-
com. 400 E. Grant St., Enterprise.
Wallowa Spring Fling Bazaar:
9 a.m. Local artists and vendors,
door prizes, soup and pie lunch.
All proceeds beneﬁ t Wallowa Se-
nior Center. Info: 541-886-2255.
204 Second St., Wallowa,
Tunesmith Night: 7 p.m.
Tunesmith Night showcase of
original music is an opportunity for
songwriters to present their work
to a supportive listening audience,
sharing insights with the listeners
and camaraderie with their
fellow tunesmiths. The show is
presented in a round-robin format,
with each musician playing a
song, then the next taking a turn,
creating an interesting and varied
performance. Admission is $10
at the door or by season pass.
Tuesday, April 11
Drawing and Painting Class: 9
a.m. Paint, draw and create with
Jennifer Klimsza. For beginning
and experienced artists. 403
North Main St., Joseph.
Wednesday, April 12
Life Drawing with Sam Collett:
7 p.m. All skill levels welcome.
Live model on site for every class.
403 North Main St., Joseph
Thursday, April 13
Celebrating A Century of Ex-
cellence: 2 p.m. The Enterprise
School is Celebrating a Century
of Excellence! It’s a birthday
celebration you won’t want to
miss. Includes Dancing through
the Decades!, archive display,
K-12 art display, building tours,
sports memories and athlete
tributes, movie depicting the last
100 years, pep band and cheer-
leaders, time capsule, school
memorabilia and refreshments.
Open to the public. 201 SE
Fourth St., Enterprise.
Easter Bake Sale: 8 a.m. In
the Wallowa Memorial Hospital
lobby. Sponsored by the hospital
auxiliary. See’s Candy will also
be available. 601 Medical Park-
Enterprise City Library Sto-
rytime: 10:30 a.m., 101 NE First
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Friday, April 14
Saturday, April 15
Child Abuse Prevention
Training Program: 8:30 a.m.
Darkness to Light will host a
child abuse awareness training
event until noon at Building
Healthy Families, 207 NE Park
St., Enterprise. Registration is
required prior to April 12. Call
541-426-9411 to register.
Easter Bake Sale: 10 a.m.
Wallowa County Humane Society
will host an Easter Bake Sale 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wallowa County
Grain Growers, 911 South River
St., Enterprise. Info: 541-263-
Enterprise Education Foun-
dation Dinner & Auctions 8 a.m.
668 NW 1st St., Enterprise.
Fishtrap Fireside: 7 p.m.
Fishtrap Fireside is a free gath-
ering featuring local and regional
writers followed by an open mic
and light refreshments. 400 E.
Grant St. Enterprise.
Good Friday Community
Service: 7 p.m. Wallowa County
Ministerial Association hosts a
community service of scrip-
ture and song celebrating the
Passion of Jesus. Fellowship.
Bring a friend. 207 E. Main St.,
Hurricane Creek Grange
Open House: 1 p.m. Hurricane
Creek Grange in Joseph will host
an open house 1-5 p.m. at the
Grange Hall, corner of Hurricane
Creek Road and Airport Lane,
Joseph. The event is designed to
showcase the grange organiza-
tion and its community support
activities as part of National
Grange Month. The organization’s
monthly meeting will convene at
6 p.m. with a potluck. Guest are
Lower Valley Farmers
Market: 11 a,m. Indoor farmers
market open year-round. Friday
times will be added during the
growing season. 301 E. First St.,
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