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Grande Ronde Hospital Welcomes New Chief Nursing Officer


LA GRANDE — Grande Ronde Hospital and Clinics (GRH) announces that Karen Timm, MSN, RN, has joined the GRH leadership team as our new Chief Nursing Officer.

Timm comes to Union County from the Midwest – most recently Omaha, Nebraska where she has been working as an independent healthcare consultant helping healthcare organizations identify and navigate significant strategic, operational and regularity business risks and opportunities.

Before that, Timm served 10 years as a vice president for patient services at a 79-bed not-for-profit regional hospital and nursing home in Carroll, Iowa; another four years as an independent healthcare consultant in Oskaloosa, Iowa, and before that as the executive director of the Mahaska Health Partnership, a more than 100-year old health system in Oskaloosa.

Timm has an impressive resume and solid career in the nursing field, including a long career as a staff nurse, outpatient clinic director and travel nurse. Her management and leadership skills are equally impressive, however, when asked, Karen says she considers herself first and foremost a nurse at heart.

Timm earned her Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Administration from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a Minor in Psychology from Morningside College, a private, four-year liberal arts college in Iowa.

Timm is married with one married, adult son and two grandsons. She and her husband enjoy the outdoors with their two dogs. They also like to travel both the USA and abroad. When asked about moving to northeast Oregon, she stated she was impressed with the GRH team as well as the growth opportunity for the organization.



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