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Local woman tapped for hospital administration job

by Daily Inter Lake
| May 26, 2020 1:00 AM

Following a nationwide search, officials with North Valley Hospital in Whitefish recently hired Julia Drishinski as the organization’s new senior director of quality, risk and process improvement.

According to the hospital, Drishinski worked at North Valley many years ago as a certified nursing assistant, and her father, Jack Caravan is a former Kalispell Regional Medical Center board member. She is transitioning into her new role at North Valley from Pondera Medical Center in Conrad where she was the director of quality, infection prevention and education.

“Julia will bring a unique and strong skill set and breadth of experience to North Valley Hospital,” said Kevin Abel, chief executive officer of North Valley. “In particular, we are thrilled to hire a professional who is a Flathead Valley native with a strong experience base in rural Montana healthcare facilities.”

During her 28-year career, Drishinski has served at various nursing positions including as an emergency room nurse and eventually moved into administrative management roles in a variety of healthcare facilities in Conrad, Shelby and Great Falls.

She is a Columbia Falls High School graduate and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at Montana State University in Bozeman. In her free time, Drishinski likes to hike, ride horses and spend time with her two grown children.

“I have a strong belief in the Planetree International philosophy at North Valley Hospital and am thrilled to be back home in the Flathead. Serving in healthcare in the valley is in my blood as my dad, Jack Canavan served on the board of directors of KRMC from 1984-1990,” Drishinski said. “I still fish with the fly pole that he received as a gift when he left the board of directors, although it doesn’t bring me much luck.”

Drishinski officially began her position on May 11.