Valley Medical Center executive identified in plateau drowning

August 21, 2012

By Staff

Barbara Mitchell

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

Mitchell, 66, served as senior vice president of 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 had 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.

What to know

Valley Medical Center is hosting a celebration of life to honor Barbara 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 donations be made to the American Cancer Society or Valley Medical Center’s Healing Garden.

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 Aug. 16. “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.

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