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Ramona Hicks

Chief Executive Officer

Ramona joined CMC in 1993 as a surgical technician. After completing her LPN training at Boise State University, she worked at a clinic in southern Idaho and was an active EMT for 10 years. She earned her nursing degree while working full-time. She has served in a variety of roles at CMC, including, OR supervisor, infection control nurse, employee health nurse, quality director, risk manager and hospital chaplain.
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Kelly Hughes

Chief Financial Officer

Kelly joined CMC in May of 2015 as Controller, and she became Chief Financial Officer in June 2017. Her previous position, as Finance Director/Certified Municipal Clerk for a municipal city government, gave her a strong background and knowledge of the unique requirements and workings of a county special purpose district such as Coulee Medical Center.
Sam Hsieh, M.D., FACS.

Dr. Sam Hsieh

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Hsieh joined the Coulee Medical Center team in August of 2015. He was born in in Hong Kong, and he graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland. He completed his surgical residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas in June of 2015. Dr. Hsieh’s main focus is on general surgery, some procedures include, but are not limited to, colonoscopy, gallbladder disease, soft tissue disease, gastrointestinal disease, hernias, thyroid, laparoscopic, vascular and varicose veins.
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Shoshannah E. Palmanteer

Rural Health Clinic Director

Shoshannah Palmanteer is an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes and was raised on the Colville Indian Reservation. She graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2008 with her bachelor’s degree in pre-med biology and a minor in chemistry. She has worked in various programs for the Colville Confederated Tribes, including the Colville Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Program, the Colville Tribal Youth and Development Program, and the Colville Tribal Convalescent Center. Shoshannah received her Washington State Nursing Home Administrator License in 2012, and she served as the Nursing Home Administrator at the Colville Tribal Convalescent Center until she joined the Coulee Medical Center team in 2015 as the Rural Health Clinic Manager. Shoshannah received her Rural Health Clinic Professional Certification in 2020 and has been in her current position as the Senior Director of Clinic Operations and Development since 2023.
Heather McCleary

Heather McCleary, SHRM-CP

Human Resources Director

Heather was born and raised in Spokane, WA and currently lives in Almira, WA. Her career with Coulee Medical Center started in 2006 when she was hired as the Referral Coordinator for the Clinic. In 2011, she made the transition from the Clinic to the HR Department as the HR Assistant and continued to grow from there. Heather has been in her current role, as the HR Director, since 2018 and obtained her SHRM-CP Certification in 2020. Along with an amazing HR Team, some of her tasks include helping orient new hires, manage employee benefits and work with supervisors and managers to provide the best possible working environment for employees.
Shawn Groh

Shawn Groh

Senior Director of Finance & Controller

Shawn became the Controller of the Coulee Medical Center Finance Team in 2019. He was born and raised 25 miles south of the center on his family's wheat and cattle ranch. His strong ties and dedication are deeply rooted in our neighboring small towns, small businesses, and the simpler lifestyle we cherish. Shawn graduated with an Agricultural Economics and Accounting degree from Montana State University. He initiated his career in finance and accounting in the banking industry, eventually advancing into a budget analyst/contracts management and negotiations role. Shawn also served as a branch manager for a local agriculture supply company for 16 years.
Kraig Fuller

Kraig Fuller

Senior Director of Facilities & Planning

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Leha Neilsen

Leha Neilsen

Executive Support Coordinator

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Ethan Harris

Ethan Harris

Senior Director of Information Technology

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Natalie Dennis

Natalie Dennis

Revenue Cycle Director

Natalie Nachtigal-Dennis was born and raised right here in the Grand Coulee Dam Area. She is a 1998 graduate of Lake Roosevelt High School. Natalie joined CMC in 2009 where she worked in the HIM (Health Information Management) department until moving into the Revenue Cycle Director role in 2017. Natalie is currently pursuing her Bacholer’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from WGU and is a member of the NSLS (National Society of Leadership and Success). Natalie is also the current board President for the Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of Commerce.

Sharon Gilmore

Senior Director of Quality and Risk Management

Sharon has more than 30 years of healthcare and administrative experience, with over 20 of those focused on program development, process improvement, quality management, and patient safety. She is a registered nurse with a background in medical technology, cardiac and obstetrical critical care, and ambulatory nursing. Sharon was the director of risk management and quality for an integrated health system. In this role, she was responsible for the overall risk management and patient safety program, loss control and risk financing, claims administration, contract review and patient relations, quality and accreditation activities, and served as a liaison with insurance and regulatory representatives. Sharon previously served as a quality clinical consultant for a national healthcare insurance provider. She has successfully developed and implemented disease management and medical home model programs. Sharon is skilled in using the Six Sigma Lean process, implementing the GE Change Acceleration Process, and assisting entities to implement medical home models and become high-reliability organizations. As a Master TeamSTEPPS and Just Culture trainer, Sharon supports large and small healthcare organizations in their journey to improve team care and secure a safety culture. She holds a Master of Science in health administration from the University of California and a Bachelor of Science in nursing and psychology from the University of New Mexico. Sharon holds certifications in Professional Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM) and Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), as well as board certification as a Nurse Executive (NEA-BC) and Ambulatory Care Nurse (RN-BC).

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