Christian Health Care Center hires new CEO with 23 years of experience

Anita Tallman, is retiring after 17 years of leading Lynden’s Christian Health Care Center. She saw the organization through a move to its current facility and was instrumental in saving the Adult Day Health program, which Peace Health used to operate.

Her replacement, Patrick O’Neill, has already started at Christian Health Care Center. O’Neill has a long history in elder care and nonprofit healthcare. For the past 23 years he has managed nonprofit organizations that that serve elders in various stages of life. He served as president and CEO of a Riverview Retirement Community in Spokane, and as administrator of a nursing home in Tacoma.

Most recently, O’Neill worked as campus administrator for Wesley Homes, a nonprofit retirement community in Des Moines, Washington. The company offers independent living, assisted living, caregiving and home health services, skilled nursing, and adult day health on a 43-acre campus.

O’Neill said he took the position with Christian Health Care Center because of the opportunity to help a respected organization and the desire he and his wife had to move to a rural community.

“We tried urban living several times and found we really prefer to live and work in smaller towns,” O’Neill said in the press release. “Everyone we spoke with about moving here really praised the area.”

O’Neill said his priorities for the job are to maintain quality of care for those the group serves and to prepare the organization for the future.

“I’ll be working with the board on strategic planning with a special focus on evolving consumer lifestyle preferences and governmental regulations that impact funding in our industry,” he said in the press release.

Tallman, who plans to move to Boise, Idaho, later this year, said the CEO transition is going well.

“Patrick brings a lot of experience to the table and he has jumped right in,” she said.

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