Ron Woita, the long-time nursing director of Sky Lakes Emergency Services, has been named the new Sky Lakes Medical Center’s Vice President of Patient Care Services.

Woita, 47, replaces Annette Cole, another veteran nurse who held the position for nearly a decade before moving out of the area. Woita had served as interim Chief Nursing Officer at Sky Lakes since early February.

His selection follows a national search that included interviewing several candidates, said Paul Stewart, Sky Lakes President and Chief Executive Officer.

Woita moved to Klamath Falls in 2011 to fill the position in the Sky Lakes Emergency Department. Prior to that he worked at BryanLGH West Medical Center, Lincoln, as an emergency department coordinator.

He holds an associate degree in Applied Science in Nursing from Southeast Community College-Lincoln, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and a Master of Business Administration and Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.

Sky Lakes Medical Center is a stand-alone, not-for-profit acute-care hospital serving people in communities throughout south-central Oregon and northern California. Licensed for 176 beds, the medical center family includes the award-winning Sky Lakes Cancer Treatment Center and Cascades East Family Medicine Residency Program.