Chief Executive Officer
Geri Forbes dove into her position as CEO of Whidbey General Hospital and Clinics in April, as events continue marking the hospital’s 45th anniversary year and building plans for the new inpatient wing move steadily forward.
“This is an exciting time to be on the forefront of the development and redesign of care delivery in a rural health setting,” Forbes said.
After a careful recruitment effort, which began September 2014 and saw almost 40 candidates, Forbes was enticed away from her position as CEO of Doctor’s Memorial Hospital in Perry, Florida.
"We are pleased to welcome Geri to the Whidbey General team,” said Whidbey General Commissioner, Anne Tarrant.
“Geri brings a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective with her as she assumes the position of CEO. We are confident that she is the right person to lead us through this exciting period in the life of Whidbey General, as we celebrate our 45th anniversary and construction of a new wing, which will enhance the excellent care we provide to our community."
Forbes said that, for her, joining the Whidbey General Hospital and Clinics team is an honor and a privilege.
“We here on Whidbey Island are in a unique situation to implement small tests of change and prepare our island to embrace the upcoming changes in healthcare,” Forbes said.
"By clearly defining our community needs, we can then begin to plan for the transition from a sick-care model to a population health and wellness delivery system.”
In Florida, Forbes was actively involved with the Florida Hospital Association, chaired the Rural Health Council, was chairman of the Florida Rural Health Association, and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
She has also chaired the Government Affairs Committee for the Florida Rural Health Association, was on the Board of Directors of both Big Bend Rural Health, and the North Florida Area Agency on Aging, and was on the Advisory Board of the North Florida Workforce Development.
Linda Stephens Gipson, PhD, RN, MSN, MBA, CLNC, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Dr. Gipson joined Whidbey General Hospital in December 2011, bringing with her deep experience as a health care executive, advanced practice nurse, educator, consultant, Army officer and public health professional.
Dr. Gipson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in nursing from Duke University, an MBA from Cleveland State University and a PhD in Public Health with a focus in Health Policy and Management and Heath Services Research.
She is board certified in healthcare legal consulting and healthcare executive practice, and is board eligible in healthcare risk management and quality.
Dr. Gipson has received recognition for her work in improving quality and outcomes in healthcare, is a frequently invited national speaker, serves as an expert reviewer for the American Public Health Association and holds faculty appointments in the Department of Homeland Security and the University of South Florida.
Chief Financial Officer
Whidbey General was thrilled to welcome Ron Telles in June 2015 as its Chief Financial Officer.
Telles arrived at Whidbey General after seven years with Oregon’s largest behavioral healthcare firm. Over the past 18 years, Telles has held various positions in the healthcare field, including CFO and COO. He has managed budgets from those in excess of $400 million to those for small, rural Critical Access Hospitals with physicians groups, dental practices and ambulance services.
After receiving his degree from San Jose State University, he entered the healthcare field at Watsonville General Hospital in California and then moved to Northern Nevada, where he became the CFO and COO for Carson-Tahoe Hospital for almost 10 years.
Executive Director of Facilities
and Plant Engineering
George Senerth, Whidbey General’s director of facilities, comes to us from the East Coast, where he has lived all his life.
Senerth has more than 30 years of healthcare experience in facilities and plant engineering. He was employed at Mount Sinai Hospital in Hartford, Conn. for 17 years and Masonic Health System of Massachusetts for the past 15 years. Senerth also brings a significant amount of new construction and renovations experience to Whidbey General, as he was vice president of project management with Masonic Health System, where he directed projects costing up to $140,000,000.
Senerth attended Howell Cheney Technical School and is a certified carpenter by the State of Connecticut.
Senerth has been married to his lovely wife, Deborah, for more than
30 years, and with whom he has three adult children. The Senerths enjoy motorcycling, cooking, kayaking and the great outdoors and are thrilled to join the Whidbey Island community.
Senerth is very happy to have become part of the Whidbey General Hospital and Clinics family and looks forward to his role in building a healthy community.