Skyline Hospital welcomes Dr. Vern Harpole of Lyle, as its newest board member representing the eastern portion of Klickitat County.
Dr. Harpole is a retired family practice physician. He was appointed to the board at the December meeting when Dave Elkins retired.
Skyline CEO Robb Kimmes welcomes Dr. Harpole's medical expertise on the board.
"His experience and expertise as a physician will be very helpful as the hospital continues to move forward," said Kimmes.
Outgoing board member, Dave Elkins who served on the board for over 15 years says, "Skyline has a strong board and a new capable CEO who can and will take Skyline to the next level during these difficult times in health care."
"As a patient, I was incredibly impressed by Skyline Hospital and the physicians of the NorthShore Medical Group," said Harpole. "I'm happy to serve on the board of Skyline and do what I can to keep both Skyline and NorthShore moving in the right direction."
Harpole was raised in Bend, Ore., practiced as a family practice physician in Omaha, Neb., and spent 20 years as flight surgeon and family practice physician with the Coast Guard in Omaha, Neb.
After he retired from the Coast Guard, he returned to the Pacific Northwest where he spent the next 12 years with Kaiser Permanente in Longview. He retired (again) from Kaiser and moved to the Gorge about six years ago to enjoy the sun and wines of Lyle. It didn't take more than one glass of Syncline's wine for Harpole to (again) talk himself out of retirement.
Today, in addition to serving on Skyline Hospital board, he's actively involved in the Lyle community reviving the old school, works part-time as the County Health Officer for the Wasco County Health Department in The Dalles, serves as the physician director for NorCor, and the physician supervisor for a no-insurance clinic in Hood River.