April 26, 2017


Pendleton, OR, April 26, 2017– The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Health Commission announced today that Tim Gilbert has officially resigned from his post as Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Gilbert’s last day at Yellowhawk is May 31, 2017. “It has been my honor and privilege to serve as the CEO for almost exactly 7 years. We have accomplished much, not the least of which is the development of the new health center.” Gilbert said in a statement. “I have struggled with this decision but I have personal needs to attend to back in Alaska.” During his tenure at Yellowhawk, Gilbert has been instrumental with actualization of the new clinic planning and initial construction, Medicaid expansion, quality (GPRA) measures at 100% (representing the highest scores in our region), as well as expansion of services and relationships with referral partners in the local region.

“The Health Commission appreciates the hard work and positive impacts Tim has had on the patients at Yellowhawk,” said CTUIR Health Commission Chair Shawna Gavin, “While it is bittersweet to make these kind of announcements, we wish Tim well.”

To ensure a smooth transition, the Health Commission has appointed Sandy Sampson to the role of Interim Chief Executive Officer. Sampson is an enrolled member of the CTUIR and brings more than twelve years’ experience working on the Health Commission and has been involved with the new clinic since its initial planning.

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