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Rick Linneweh

<em>Committees</em>: Finance & Audit

Rick Linneweh recently retired from his position of President/CEO of Memorial Family of Services (MFS), a vertically integrated healthcare system serving the Central Washington Region. During his 37 years as President/CEO, the organization received national recognition as the recipient of three major American Hospital Association (AHA) awards for innovation/collaborative ventures, comprehensiveness of services, and end-of-life services and facilities. In addition, Fortune Magazine identified MFS as one of the top 100 companies to work for in America. Linneweh ended his healthcare career by launching the process that concluded in the recent merger of MFS with Virginia Mason Medical Center.

Linneweh was very active in his profession's organizations. In addition to being a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, he served as Chairman of the Washington State Hospital Association; Chairman of the AHA Regional Policy Board for the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii; and he was a member of the American Hospital Association Board. He was the recipient of the Seattle Business Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

He has been, and remains, active in community organizations. Currently he is on the Board of Trustees of Heritage University. Past community involvement has been as Chairman of the: Yakima County Economic Development Association; Central Washington United Way Board; Capitol Theatre Performing Arts Facility Board; Yakima School District Levy Committee; and KYVE Auction Committee. He is the recipient of awards from both the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce and the Central Washington United Way for community service and leadership.

Rick earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from California State University, San Jose, and his Masters in Public Health degree from the University of California, Berkeley.