Kennewick General Hospital announced this week that Edward "Ed" Pettengill has been appointed the new director of surgical services.
Pettengill oversees the administration and management of the operating room, pre-operative holding area, endoscopy suites and post-operative recovery areas.
He comes to KGH from St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center in Ketchum, Idaho, and has more than 27 years of experience in surgical services and nursing.
"In Ketchum, I was able to build a team that routinely realized the highest patient satisfaction scores in the hospital system on follow-up patient care surveys," Pettengill said in a statement. "I plan to do that here, as well as to provide the leadership that further solidifies the working relationship with the OR and surgeons. We have a great crew and great physicians to do that."
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He said he expects the team-building approach will help increase surgical volumes at the hospital.
The operating room at KGH has five general surgical suites and one suite for Caesarean sections. A KGH news release said Pettengill was chosen partly because he has extensive experience with moving staff from older facilities to new ones, as will happen once KGH builds its new hospital at Southridge.
Pettengill said he plans to take a hands-on teaching approach in working with the OR staff, but also give them room to manage their areas.
"Life shouldn't be boring," he said. "Easy jobs are just that -- boring. I like challenges and there's plenty to do here. My background lends itself well to helping make the KGH OR even more successful and the OR of choice for physicians and surgeons."