Verdant Renames Kruger Building to Honor Past Commissioner Fred Langer

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At the Wednesday, July 26, 2023 board meeting, Verdant Health Commissioners passed a unanimous resolution to rename the Kruger Medical Building as the Frederick P. Langer Building to posthumously recognize Fred Langer, a former member of the board of commissioners for Public Hospital District No. 2, Snohomish County, which operates as the Verdant Health Commission. He passed away on December 17, 2021 after a 3-year private battle with cancer.

Langer will be remembered for his 24 years of distinguished service that began as a commissioner in 1997 for then Steven’s Hospital.  He was instrumental in negotiating the lease of the hospital to the Swedish Healthcare system and the formation of the Verdant Health Commission. Since Verdant’s inception in 2011, more than $80 million has been invested into health programs and services for South Snohomish County residents.

“The Verdant Health Commission came to be because of the leadership of Commissioner Langer and his ability to find consensus and incorporate the ideas of his fellow commissioners. We are committed to continuing the great work that he envisioned – ensuring that all residents in our community have access to healthcare,” said Deana Knutson, Commissioner.

In 2024, the building signage will be updated and the called the Langer Building as part of the interior and exterior remodel project.

For more information, contact Kirk Mathis,, (425) 582-8600