New leadership at NHHS

NEWPORT – Newport Hospital & Health Services recently welcomed new leadership to Pend Oreille Health District and to the Newport community.

· Shawna Beese-Bjurstrom, Chief Operating Officer ( – Shawna Beese-Bjurstrom started her health care career as a critical care nurse in both the Cardiac ICU and Pediatric ICU. She later advanced her career into progressive levels of management in Cardiac Services and served for two years as a certified Change Facilitator for Providence of Eastern Washington. Her most recent position, prior to her appointment as Newport Hospital & Health Services Chief Operating Officer, was the Director of Business Development at Deaconess Medical Center. She comes to Newport with a degree in nursing from Gonzaga University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

· Buzz Price, Materials Manager ( - Before coming to NHHS, Buzz Price was a hospital district commissioner for the past 18 months, and a Pend Oreille County/Cusick resident for 5 years.  During those 5 years, he purchased and managed several residential rental properties, managed investments, and designed and constructed a private “mini-dorm” for the Gonzaga University community.  Prior to moving to Pend Oreille County, Price worked in tech manufacturing in Silicon Valley for 25 years, specializing in originating “from-scratch” production and materials operations for high-tech startup companies. Price has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

·  Debra Bergeman-Chitwood, RN, River Mountain Village Manager ( - Originally from Indiana, Debra Bergeman-Chitwood and her family moved to Northern Idaho 14 years ago.  Debra’s nursing career has included Pulmonary / Respiratory Care at Sacred Heart Medical Center and Oncology at Deaconess Medical Center. She also worked at Hospice of Spokane as a Case Manager Registered Nurse for 5 years prior to accepting the position of RN Manager at River Mountain Village.  Bergeman-Chitwood attended the nursing program at North Idaho College and furthered her education at Lewis Clark State College.

· Collette Meyers, RN, Long Term Care Director ( – Originally from California, Collette Meyers’ devotion to raising her family meant her career varied from serving in the geriatric/Alzheimer’s population, performing in education/seminar presentation venues for communities and colleges, and applying her hand as the Director of Nursing Services at Woodbury University in Burbank, California. After Meyers and her family moved to Newport, she applied her skills as the Residential Care Coordinator at the hospital for three years before her promotion to Long Term Care Director. Meyers has a nursing degree from Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California and a bachelor’s degree in Nursing with a Public Health Specialty.

· Jenny Houck, Foundation Director (  – Prior to her Newport relocation, Jenny Houck taught for 7 years with the Community Colleges of Spokane. Houck also served as an adjunct faculty member for the Communication Arts Department at Gonzaga University. Houck’s foundation history includes special events planning with the Deaconess Medical Center Foundation and Valley Hospital Foundation. In addition to working with the NHHS Foundation, Houck will also take on the hospital’s marketing needs. She has a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations/Advertising and a master’s degree in Communication and Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University.

Read More Business

Idaho Forest Group and Tri-Pro Forest Products join forces

October 26, 2016 at 6:00 am | Priest River Times OLDTOWN — Forest Group and Tri-Pro Forest Products have entered into a custom remanufacturing agreement whereas Tri-Pro will use its expertise in value added production at its remanufacturing...

Read More

Tan Linez offers healthy alternatives

October 12, 2016 at 6:00 am | Priest River Times NEWPORT — Now that fall is here and winter is approaching, getting enough vitamin D can be a challenge with the skies darkening early and clouds concealing the sun during the so-called daylight...

Read More

Tri-Pro forced to ax Orofino division

October 12, 2016 at 6:00 am | Priest River Times OLDTOWN — Tri-Pro Forest Products announced here Oct. 5 that it was shutting down its Orofino division, which it has owned since 2007. In a press release, the company said, “The lack of a...

Read More

Martin reflects on tenure as president

October 12, 2016 at 6:00 am | Priest River Times PRIEST RIVER — Kerri Martin, who has served as Priest River Chamber of Commerce president for the last six years and announced that she is stepping down from the position, said she was...

Read More