A retired Army colonel and former director of specialty services for Bend Memorial Clinic has been appointed chief executive officer of Umpqua Community Health Center.
Karl Bolton replaces interim CEO Dona Weissenfels, who will resume her prior role as chief operating officer. Weissenfels had taken up the mantle in April after former CEO Mervyn Chambers resigned after just eight months in the job.
UCHC is a private nonprofit health center that provides care for 40,000 patients each year on a sliding scale at clinics in Roseburg, Myrtle Creek, Glide, Sutherlin and two schools. The organization also holds a contract with Douglas County to provide immunizations, prenatal care and well-baby care formerly offered by the public health department.
Bolton served 28 years active duty as an Army officer. His final active duty position was as chief of staff of the West Region Medical Command in Tacoma, Washington. He oversaw support for two academic medical centers, five community hospitals, two health centers and 29 clinics across a 20-state region. Prior to that, he led individual hospitals in Iraq and the United States.
Bolton had also served as commander of the Warrior Transition Battalion at Madigan Army Medical Center near Tacoma. There, he led a team that helped more than 2,100 service members return to their units or transition to their hometowns.
Bolton is a native Oregonian who grew up in Albany. He holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Baylor University, a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Texas and a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology from Oregon State University. He was most recently director of the specialty service line for Bend Memorial Clinic, overseeing 14 specialty departments with more than 200 staff members and an operating budget of more than $80 million. While there he developed competitive marketing strategies for oncology, rheumatology, urgent care and sleep medicine services.