Leadership

RickRasmussen

Rick Rasmussen

Chief Executive Officer

Rick joined Northwest Specialty Hospital in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer and Facility Compliance Officer. Before joining NWSH he spent 25 years at L-P Corporation working his way up from Staff Accountant to Financial Planning and Analysis Manager at L-P’s Hayden Lake, Idaho office. While at L-P Rick was involved in all aspects of the finance department and graduated from the Mahler Executive Management Program. Rick attended the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana where he played football, was on the track team and graduated with honors in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. He grew up in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and was Valedictorian and Student Body President at Coeur d’Alene High School. Rick is also very active in the Kootenai County community, was elected to the North Idaho Officials Association’s Hall of Fame in 2009, was the PSB Community Star Award Winner in 2012, currently serves on the Coeur d’ Alene Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a member of Rotary Club. Rick is happily married to his high school sweetheart, Sharyl, and they have two daughters, Chelsey and Kylie, currently in college.

DeniseFowler

Denise Fowler

Chief Nursing Officer

Denise joined Northwest Specialty Hospital in March of 2016. Denise’s professional experience in nursing spans three decades with her most recent role as the Chief Clinical and Chief Nursing Officer at Whitman Hospital and Medical Center in Colfax, Washington. Denise has held various nursing leadership, performance improvement and clinical roles throughout her career. Denise is very familiar with our local market having held positions at both Deaconess and Providence Health Care. She holds a Bachelor degree in Nursing , and a Masters of Science in Healthcare Administration. Denise enjoys sports and is a big Gonzaga basketball fan. When not watching sports she and her husband enjoy spending time with family, traveling, camping and playing golf.

ChrisGregg

Chris Gregg

Human Resource Manager

Chris joined Northwest Specialty Hospital in 2005 as the hospital receptionist. Chris brings 13 years of experience in the healthcare industry and through his years at NWSH, he has served in several roles among the Admissions, Materials Management, and Human Resources departments. Chris has served NWSH in the human resources department for over four years, and now is using those skills in the Human Resources Manager role. Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, with honors. He will achieve his Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification in 2017. Chris enjoys woodworking, spending time with his wife and two small dogs, playing guitar, and donating his time to the community through youth programs.

BrianBrigham

Brian Brigham

Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining the hospital in 2014, Brian worked for nearly 20 years in a variety of financial roles at L-P Corporation, most recently as Accounting Manager. He is responsible for all of the accounting functions at the hospital and also serves as the Compliance Officer. Brian graduated from the University of Idaho where he received a B.S. degree with majors in both accounting and operations management. In his free time he enjoys coaching his children in youth sports and spending time with his family on the lake.

ShelbyCathy

Shelby Cathey

Business Office Director

Shelby joined Northwest Specialty Hospital in 2015 as Business Office Manager.  Shelby offers more than 20 years of professional experience in healthcare, with the past 11 years in healthcare leadership.  She has worked with many provider types including Critical Access Hospital, Provider Based Clinics, Healthcare Consulting, to Utilization Management for a large payer group.  Shelby attended college at Lewis-Clark State College with an emphasis on Medical Office studies.  She is a Certified Professional Coder, Certified Revenue Integrity Professional and active member of AAPC & AAHAM.  Shelby grew up in the Northwest and in her free time enjoys spending time with her family.

CraigMcIntosh

Craig McIntosh

IT Director

Craig joined Northwest Specialty Hospital in January 2013 as the IT Director. Before joining NWSH he spent 19 years working in the Medical & Information Technology Profession in various regional hospitals and as an IT consultant nationwide. Prior to working in the IT world, Craig was an Emergency Department Registered Nurse, and a US Army Combat Medical Specialist. Craig has called North Idaho home since 1983, attending Coeur d’ Alene High School, North Idaho College, and the University of Idaho.

MikeVarga

Mike Varga

Director of Pharmacy
Mike joined Northwest Specialty Hospital in 2010 as the Director of Pharmacy.  Before joining Northwest, Mike earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree with honors from Washington State University.  He is responsible for overseeing the pharmacy team, medication management in the hospital as well as maintaining all medication related standards required by the Joint Commission.  Born and raised in Spokane Valley, Mike enjoys spending time with his family, golfing and relaxing at Priest Lake.

BarbPatton

Barb Patton

Executive Assistant
Barb joined Northwest Specialty Hospital in 2014 as the Executive Assistant to Rick Rasmussen. She brings over 22 years of Healthcare Administration experience to NWSH. Barb earned her Associates degree in Business Administration from Long Beach City College, and continued her education in the Human Resource field at Long Beach State University and Lewis & Clark State University. With four children, Barb and her husband have been active volunteers for a variety of youth sports organizations in our community for nearly two decades. A former collegiate volleyball player, herself; Barb has been coaching club and High School volleyball since 2003.