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Astria Regional Medical Center Announces New Chief Operating Officer

Contact: Dawn O'Polka 509-837-1543

(Yakima, WA) - Astria Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce that Darrin Cook, MHA, has been selected as the Chief Operating Officer for the hospital effective November 1, 2017. He has been with Astria Regional Medical Center since 2015 as the Director of Physician Outreach and Recruitment and mostly recently as the Administrative Director of Operations.

“Darrin is a dynamic leader who has demonstrated over his two and a half years here a comprehensive knowledge of our hospital and the commitment and dedication I’m looking for to move Astria Regional Medical Center forward delivering the best care possible in the Yakima Valley,” said Rich Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, Astria Regional Medical Center and Astria Heart Institute.

Mr. Cook brings more than 16 years in healthcare administration to his new role. Prior to joining Astria Regional Medical Center in 2015, Mr. Cook was the CEO for Oregon Surgical Specialist, LLC a private practice surgical group specializing in general, vascular, and bariatric surgery. Before relocating to Yakima in 2007, from 2001- 2007, Mr. Cook was the Chief Clinic Coordinator for Southwest Medical Group’s multiple family practices (now PeaceHealth Medical Group). From 2007 – 2014, Mr. Cook worked with multiple physician practices with Memorial Physicians, LLC and was the Executive Director for Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s – North Star Lodge Cancer Center.

“I’m excited to continue to be a part of the Astria Regional Medical Center team and enthusiastic about what Astria Health is going to be able to bring to the entire Yakima Valley. After a decade in Yakima, our family considers the Yakima Valley our home and I look forward to the next several years being a part of a full-service health system that provides options and the continuity of care our community deserves,” said Cook.

Mr. Cook’s community involvement has included Leadership Yakima class of 2011, was a Friend of the Village at Children’s Village, Youthworks, past Loaned Executive with United Way, and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Wellness House.

Mr. Cook spent six years Active Duty in the U.S Army as a medical specialist with one tour to Kuwait in 1997 as well as one year in the Army National Guard receiving two Honorable Discharges. Prior to Mr. Cook’s military service he worked for Washington State DSHS with their Department of Developmental Disabilities. Mr. Cook also holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Human Services, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration of Healthcare Management/Administration.

Posted October 26, 2017

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