FRIEND OF 271

    Rick Rasmussen and Northwest Specialty Hospital

    September 2023

    If you ever meet Rick around our community, he'll be the first to tell you, "A Rasmussen has been at Coeur d'Alene High School for decades." He's the son of legendary mathematics teacher and coach Gary "Big Daddy" Rasmussen, who finished his teaching career at Lake City High School when it opened in 1994. Rick's mother, Lois, raised two boys who all graduated from CHS and were standout athletes while teaching for 35 years, most of them in Coeur d'Alene Public Schools. Continuing that legacy, Rick's brother "Bud" serves on the CHS staff today.

    After graduating as class valedictorian, Rick attended the University of Montana in Missoula, where he played football, was on the track team, and graduated with honors in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. He started his business career at Louisiana Pacific Corporation, working his way up from staff accountant to Financial Planning and Analysis Manager at L-P’s Hayden Lake office, where he also graduated from the Mahler Executive Management Program. He joined Northwest Specialty Hospital in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer and Facility Compliance Officer before being named CEO in 2014.

    Rick is also very active in the Kootenai County community, was elected to the North Idaho Officials Association’s Hall of Fame in 2009, was the Panhandle State Bank Community Star Award Winner in 2012, currently serves on the Coeur d’ Alene Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a member of Rotary Club and the Viking Booster Club Board of Directors. 

    But, most importantly, Rick is happily married to his high school sweetheart and fellow CHS graduate, Sharyl, who taught for 32 years at Hayden Meadows Elementary, raising two daughters, Chelsey (Civil Engineer/Montana State) and Kylie (Environmental Engineer [UNLV/Colorado State/Stanford]).

    The first goal in our 2023-28 strategic plan is to develop and strengthen community partnerships. Northwest Specialty Hospital continues to support our work to meet the needs of our students and community. Through many initiatives, they actively provide support and access to science, social skills, technology, the arts, athletics, and various district projects in every school.

    northwest specialty hospital award presentation

    On behalf of our students, staff, and faculty, we honor Northwest Specialty Hospital as a Friend of 271.