We are sad to announce that Ben Lindekugel, executive director of the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts, passed away the night of June 20, 2019. We are devastated by this loss. Ben was a man of tremendous heart. He was a warm strong force for good at WSHA and AWPHD. His mission-driven dedication and desire to improve care in our state were inspirational. He was liberal with his praise and sharing of credit. He derived equal enjoyment from achieving great success and from telling a funny joke. He was sarcastic and witty, and the sound of his big booming laugh echoing through our hallways was the sound of happiness. He loved baseball, cooking and his family. He was a reliable and trusted counselor. Most of all, Ben was a treasured friend.
We will let you know when arrangements have been made for a service for Ben’s friends. In the meantime, those attending the Rural Hospital Leadership Conference in Chelan will have a chance to write a card to his family. If you aren’t at the conference in Chelan and want to send a note or card for his family, you can send them to Joanna Castellanos at:
999 Third Avenue, Suite 1400,
Seattle WA 98104
You can also send a note via email to JoannaC@AWPHD.org. We will make sure his family receives all the notes.