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THE BOARD IS TROUBLED
Nonetheless, "Some of us began to be really concerned about the future of the hospital," said Trustee Winnie Hageman. "The problems were severe. Here we had 33 acres in the North End of Seattle, a fast-growing area, and this place was going nowhere!"
The board itself was undergoing profound change at the time. New leaders such as Mrs. Hageman were assuming positions of responsibility and power. New members such as Forrest ("Frosty") Richardson and George Holland brought a fresh perspective to the management of the hospital. In this respect the new dynamic of the board was very much a natural evolutionary process: at some point in every organization's life, the founders retire or move on to other things. Those who stay often find themselves in conflict with the next generation of leaders.
Northwest Hospital was no exception, but in this case these predictable conflicts were exacerbated by economic and social change.
And so a different board of trustees began to plot a new future for Northwest Hospital. One result was that Allan Davis resigned in 1974. Mr. Davis left the hospital industry altogether and became a successful Seattle businessman.
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