Rutherford receives lifetime achievement award from hospital association

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Confluence Health CEO Dr. Peter Rutherford has received the 2021 Joe Hopkins Memorial Award from the Washington State Hospital Association.

Rutherford, who earlier this year announced he will be retiring, was honored with the lifetime achievement at the association’s annual meeting October 28.

Rutherford was praised for his leadership in efforts to combine Wenatchee Valley Medical Center and Central Washington Hospital to create Confluence Health and his commitment to patient care in the Wenatchee Valley and beyond.

“Dr. Rutherford is an exemplary executive who has touched the lives of so many of his neighbors in Central Washington and across the state,” said WSHA President & CEO Cassie Sauer. “This award is the association’s highest honor, and we are presenting it to him to commemorate his years of service. He takes the phrase ‘patient-centered care’ to heart and has a steadfast determination to helping patients live their healthiest lives.”

Rutherford also served as chair of the WSHA Board of Directors from 2019 to 2020.