Columbia County Hospital board approves new CEO contract

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The board of the Columbia County Hospital District approved a two-year contract with new Chief Executive Officer Dale Polla during its regular meeting Thursday. Polla will start work Monday. His contract runs through Sept. 30, 2014.

Polla was hired to replace Charlie Button, who resigned in May. He is the former administrator of the Missoula Health and Rehabilitation Center in Missoula, Mont. Jon Smiley, a retired hospital administrator from Sunnyside, has served as interim CEO since Button’s departure. He will work through Oct. 3.

In other business, the board approved allocation of $25,000 for recruitment of two new providers for the District. This is in addition to $25,000 previously allocated for that purpose.

The board also approved the acquisition of a new electronic medical records system for the Columbia Family Clinic in Dayton, and the Waitsburg Clinic.

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