Deputies Find Hospital CEO Dead In Vehicle - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Deputies Find Hospital CEO Dead In Vehicle

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) - The Latah County Sheriff's office says Gritman Medical Center CEO Jeffrey Martin was found dead in his vehicle near State Highway 8 in northern Idaho.

The sheriff's office says Martin, 47, was expected to return from Elk River to his home in Moscow at about 11 p.m. on Sunday. His family called police when he did not arrive.

In a statement, the Moscow-based hospital where Martin was president and CEO for the past 11 years said he was killed in a car accident.

Deputies reported Martin was dead when they found him in his vehicle, about 75 feet from the highway. The cause of death is under investigation.

STATEMENT FROM HOSPITAL:

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Jeff Martin, our beloved friend and CEO and President of Gritman Medical Center has passed away. Jeff was killed in a car accident late last night near Elk River.

Jeff was well liked and respected throughout our community and we are devastated by this loss.

He served as President and CEO of Gritman Medical Center since 1999.

Jeff's career began in healthcare after he graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting and Finance.

He was a former President of the Moscow Chamber of Commerce, and served on the Inland Northwest Blood Center Board. Jeff was the 2008 recipient of the Moscow Community Service Award. He was named the 2008 Business Leader of the Year by the Lewiston Tribune and the 2008 Idaho Grassroots Champion by the American Hospital Association. Jeff served as the 2009 Chairman of the Idaho Hospital Association Board of Directors. In October 2009, he received the QHR Excellence in Leadership award, being named CEO of the Year. QHR is the nation's largest hospital management company and one of the leading healthcare consulting firms in the United States.

Jeff is survived by his wife Becky, their three children and family in Texas and Georgia.

Gritman Gritman Medical Center is a non-profit, people-focused, community-driven organization that provides excellent and compassionate healthcare for the people of its communities. Gritman Medical Center has received national recognition for its leadership, patient satisfaction and customer service.

 

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