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John R. White, MHA

John Raymond White, MHA, serves as administrator of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu, joining its leadership team in January 2014. As administrator, Mr. White is the chief executive for the 24-bed facility reporting directly to an 18-member local Board of Governors and also to the Shriners Hospitals for Children hospital operations division in Tampa, Florida. 

Mr. White has a master's degree in healthcare administration from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, and an undergraduate degree in business administration with a focus on accounting from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. The majority of Mr. White’s career was spent in Washington State with the notable exceptions of his time on Hawaii Island as described below.

Prior to joining the Honolulu Shriners Hospital, Mr. White was the chief executive officer and superintendent for Klickitat County Public Hospital District #1, Goldendale, Washington. The hospital district operates under the trade name of Klickitat Valley Health, which is the parent organization for Klickitat Valley Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital; Golden View Terrace, a 42-bed assisted living facility; a home health agency, rural health clinic and ambulance service caring for 20,000 residents in a large, rural county in southwestern Washington State. 

Mr. White’s experience in Hawaii began at North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) where he joined its leadership team in April 2009. NHCH is a 39-bed acute care hospital located in Kamuela, Hawaii County, Hawaii. Divisions of the hospital included a multispecialty physician clinic and a home health agency. NHCH was among the first hospitals in the United States to combine allopathic and complimentary medicine with the natural environment of Hawaii, creating an exceptional healing experience for its patients.

His second senior executive position was president, CEO and superintendent of Grant County Public Hospital District #1, Moses Lake, Washington, doing business as Samaritan Healthcare, Samaritan Hospital and the Association of Samaritan Physicians. Mr. White led the Samaritan organization from 2004 to 2009. Samaritan is a 50-bed regional rural hospital with annual gross revenues of $135 million and a staff of 560 employees. Samaritan’s 22 employed physicians and other community providers comprise a diverse medical staff of 112. 

White was also chief executive officer and superintendent of Pend Oreille County Public Hospital District #1. His tenure there began in 1995 as chief financial officer and he assumed the CEO role in mid 1996, where he remained until his transition to Samaritan in January 2005.

Mr. White’s current and previous leadership roles include:

  • Board Member, Healthcare Association of Hawaii
  • President, Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts
  • President, Hospital Shared Services Association
  • Chair of the Board, Samaritan/Inland MRI LLC
  • Chair, Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) Rural Hospital Committee
  • Board Chair, Public Hospital District Worker’s Compensation Trust
  • Board Chair, Critical Access Hospital Network LLC
  • President, Pend Oreille Assisted Living Corporation
  • President, NE Washington Hospital Council
  • Secretary/Treasurer, NE Washington Hospital Council
  • Member of the Board, Washington State Hospital Association
  • Member, Advisory Board, Washington Casualty Company
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Rural Healthcare Quality Network
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