WhidbeyHealth names new Coupeville board commissioner

Kurt Blankenship chosen from six candidates

Kurt S. Blakenship is sworn in as District 2 Commissioner for Whidbey Island Public Health District by Lorrie Mendik, WhidbeyHealth employee. Board president Ron Wallin looks on. Photo provided.

From a field of six candidates, Kurt S. Blankenship was appointed to represent District 2 (Coupeville) on the Whidbey Island Public Hospital District Board of Commissioners.

He was selected to replace Georgia Gardner, who resigned in February.

“He comes with extensive experience in health care-related work and law,” WhidbeyHealth CEO Geri Forbes said. “He also worked in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.”

Blankenship has been an attorney at Blue Williams, L.L.P. of New Orleans, La. since 1996, where he specialized in several areas including health care law.

“We were extremely impressed with the field of candidates,” board President Ron Wallin said in a statement.

“It was very satisfying to see so many qualified people interested in dedicating their time and efforts to support health care in our Whidbey Island community. But after careful consideration, it was clear that Kurt Blankenship would be a great complement to the board.”

Blankenship recently permanently moved to the Coupeville home he and his wife, Jackie, owned for the past seven years.

“In August 2015, I underwent emergency surgery at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center and remained hospitalized for a week,” Blankenship said. ” I was very impressed with the quality of care and service I received, and would greatly enjoy the opportunity to contribute to that mission as commissioner.”

More in News

WhidbeyHealth decreasing its costs to patients

Prices reduced about one-third for physical therapy, other services

Fee puts districts in quite a pickle

Paying to play stirs up a racket with parks commissioners

Education about whales boosted by license plate

Orca Network receives $3,000 grant

Judge orders mental evaluation for suspect

A South Whidbey man with “deteriorating” mental health problems is accused of… Continue reading

Need ideas for book lovers?

Librarians offer gift suggestions for all ages, interests

Robert and June Sebo Health Education Center opens

Former longtime Whidbey Island Sebo’s Do-it-Center owner Bob Sebo returned to Whidbey… Continue reading

Disaster planning meeting is Tuesday

‘Be prepared’ emphasis of new response network

Garden Club grant proposals due Feb. 1

Nonprofits encouraged to apply to beautify, protect or teach about plants

Pipe bomb found after traffic stop

Police discovered a pipe bomb, an illegal rifle, other guns and a… Continue reading

Most Read