“Through my career I’ve served on many boards, even as president on a state and national level,” Bamford said humbly. “However, I was born and raised in this area, and I’ve always felt it’s important to be active in your community because this is where you live. I thought it was a wonderful opportunity to join the board and was excited to be a part of it.”
Bamford describes his time as Board President as eye-opening. He wasn’t familiar with everything it takes to operate a hospital and stressed the importance of having access to a health care in a rural community.
“We offer different clinics to our community so that some of the services patients previously had to travel to get, we now offer,” he said. “Our growth is a direct correlation to what we have been able to do because our staff is there for us. It is so great that our community can get the services they need at our hospital — locally.”
Bamford is amazed at what the Haxtun Health staff has done to get through the pandemic and continue to help the hospital grow.
“The extra efforts that they have given is exhilarating because it makes me know that our employees are invested in what we are trying to achieve at the hospital,” he said. “They have gone above and beyond and succeeded in these trying times. They have been so dedicated.”
Bamford is just one of five board members and stressed that everyone brings a lot to the table, and he is so appreciative of them as well.
“We as a board understand our duties to the community and we are always open to visiting with the community about the hospital,” he said.
When he’s not buried in work, you can find Kent and Naida cheering on their five grandchildren in their school activities. They also like to travel. They enjoy long road trips together seeing the country, and their favorite place is somewhere they’ve never been.