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Valley General Hospital Announces Permanent CEO Appointment


January 7, 2013

Monroe, Wash. – The Board of Commissioners for Snohomish County Public Hospital District #1 are pleased to announce that Eric Jensen, FACHE will be appointed Chief Executive Officer of Valley General Hospital effective January 30, 2013.

Eric Jensen currently serves as CEO of Regional Hospital for Respiratory and Complex Care in the South Seattle, a not-for-profit specialty hospital. Since 2008, he has lead this hospital’s effort to position themselves for long-term success in a very competitive environment.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Jensen served as CEO of Kittitas Valley Community Hospital for 13 years. In Ellensburg, he successfully established strong relationships with a medical staff of 70 physicians supporting recruitment efforts of independent practices, as well as directly employing physicians, in both the inpatient and clinic setting. Hospital successes during his tenure included high patient satisfaction, positive operating margins 12 out of 13 years and successful levy campaigns within their service area.

In Forks, WA, Mr. Jensen was a successful CEO of Forks Community Hospital from 1988 – 1995. He was instrumental in establishing a hospital-based general surgery practice and women’s rural health clinic while completing an addition/renovation project for the small peninsula community. Because of the remote location, he helped establish a telemedicine clinic linked to Virginia Mason Medical Center here in the Seattle area.

Mr. Jensen is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and has served in a number of leadership capacities including; past member of the Board of the Washington State Hospital Association, past President of the Northwest Hospital Council, past member of the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Steering Committee, and past chair of the WSHA Rural Committee. Mr. Jensen has also been active over the years in organizations such as United Way, Hospice Friends and Rotary International.

A graduate of the University of Washington, Mr. Jensen went on to receive his Master’s in Hospital Administration from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.


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