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Dennis Barts joined Avista as Chief Executive Officer in July of 2013 after serving as CEO of Valley Hospital and Deaconess Medical Center, part of the Rockwood Health System in Spokane, Wash. While there, Dennis led his colleagues in achieving Joint Commission recognition as a Center of Excellence in Total Joint Surgery and was awarded "Top Hospital" recognition from the Joint Commission for surgical and pneumonia care. Dennis has also served as CEO at hospitals in Ponca City, Okla.; Jourdanton, Texas; and Fallbrook, Calif.
Dennis received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich.; his Master in Exercise Physiology degree from Iowa State University and his Master of Business Administration degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Dennis and his wife Becky have one son and a granddaughter.
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