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Medical School Names New President

YAKIMA, Wa -  The new medical school in Terrace Heights has hired a new president.  Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences names Dr. Fred Tinning as its next president. 

Dr. Tinning's job will be to guide the school through its startup phase over the next year or two, while the board of trustees completes a national search for a permanent president. 

Dr. Tinning retired as president of an osteopathic medical school in Kirksville, Missouri, but wanted to help bring doctors to rural communities in the northwest.

"It's many times different to get a man or a woman to come and work in rural america," says Dr. Tinning, "And because that has been one of my interests most of my life, the past 40-years in medical education, I felt they needed this assistance and this would be a good mission for me in my retiring years. "

Dr. Tinning replaces the school's founder and first president Dr. Greg Mick who left to return to private practice. 

The school also hired Dr. Phyllis Blondefield to be an assistant to the new president.