Valley Medical Center executive identified in Sammamish Plateau drowning

August 16, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

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NEW — 4:35 p.m. Aug. 16, 2012

Valley Medical Center identified the woman from a recent Sammamish Plateau drowning as hospital executive Barbara Mitchell.

Barbara Mitchell

Mitchell, 66, served as senior vice president, human resources and marketing, at the Renton hospital. Police said she left for a walk and then drowned Aug. 8 in Rainbow Lake at Issaquah-Pine Lake Road Southeast and Southeast 44th Street near Klahanie.

Investigators said Mitchell lived within a mile of Rainbow Lake.

Mitchell worked at Valley Medical Center since 1999, initially as director of human resources, and then rose to vice president of human resources and, later, to senior vice president, human resources and marketing.

Under Mitchell’s leadership, Valley Medical Center garnered Best Workplace recognition for Valley Medical Center for 10 consecutive years. The honor saluted a high level of excellence in staff training and involvement, benefit enhancement and recruitment in a competitive industry.

Overall, Mitchell spent 35 years in corporate business management.

“Barbara has always been an incredibly valuable member of Valley’s management team,” Valley Medical Center CEO Rich Roodman said in a statement released Thursday. “She was smart, insightful, compassionate and a friend, and will be missed by so many on both a professional and personal level.”

Mitchell is survived by husband Robb, son Jordan Miller, daughter-in-law Mistilyn Miller, grandson Zayden and granddaughter Adel.

Valley Medical Center is hosting a celebration of life to honor Mitchell at 2 p.m. Aug. 29 in the Healing Garden at the hospital, 400 S. 43rd St., Renton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests for donations to be made to the American Cancer Society or Valley Medical Center’s Healing Garden.

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