Kirkland, Wash. – EvergreenHealth announced today that Renée K. Jensen, FACHE, has been named senior vice president and chief administrative officer (CAO) for EvergreenHealth Monroe and superintendent of the Snohomish County Public Hospital District #1 Board (SCPHD#1). Jensen was selected through an extensive national search and brings proven leadership experience in regional and public district settings to her new role in Monroe.
“Renée is a highly regarded hospital administrator who brings a wealth of experience, accomplishments and passion to our health system,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte. “Her strategy-based leadership, ability to implement cultural change, financial aptitude and skillful physician relations will further EvergreenHealth Monroe’s vision of being the most trusted source for health care in the community.”
Jensen, a native of Monroe, most recently served as CEO of Summit Pacific Medical Center, a critical access and public hospital district in Elma, Washington, where she helped strengthen the financial position of the organization; directed the construction, relocation and opening of a new $23M health care facility; and implemented the first rural Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in the state.
“On behalf of the Snohomish County Hospital District #1 Board, it is truly a pleasure to have Renée return to her hometown and become a part of the community that means so much to her and to our health system,” said Greg Accetturo, Snohomish County Public Hospital District #1 board chair.
Prior to leading Summit Pacific, Jensen spent seven years at Columbia County Health System, a critical access hospital with health clinics in Dayton, Washington, where she served in several roles: first as a medical technologist, then as laboratory manager, and finally as associate administrator and quality improvement director. In that role, she implemented system-wide quality improvement and patient safety programs, engaging with the board and staff to create a culture of quality and safety.
Jensen’s efforts have led to numerous accolades, both on personal and organizational levels, including the Washington State Hospital Association Joe Hopkins Award (2015), a Puget Sound Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 honor (2014) and Washington State Hospital Association Community Health Leadership Award (2013). Additionally, her organizations have received recognition by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Qualis Health, Washington State Hospital Association and the Washington Health Foundation.
“We look forward to collaborating with Renée to bring innovative solutions to our rapidly growing community’s health care needs,” said Tony Balk, chairperson of the EvergreenHealth Monroe Alliance Governance Board which governs the operation of the hospital. “Renée’s strengths are an ideal fit for our organization and we’re pleased to have her as EvergreenHealth Monroe’s administrative leader.”
Jensen holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from Eastern Washington University and a Master of Healthcare Administration from University of Phoenix. In addition to being a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, she is a Washington State Hospital Association board member and serves on the Public Policy Committee.
She is expected to officially begin her post at EvergreenHealth Monroe in mid-May.
For more information about EvergreenHealth Monroe, visit www.evergreenhealthmonroe.com.
EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system that serves nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties and offers a breadth of services and programs that is among the most comprehensive in the region. More than 1,000 physicians provide clinical excellence in over 80 specialties, including heart and vascular care, oncology, surgical care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s and children’s services, pulmonary care and home care and hospice services. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland, a network of 10 primary care practices, two urgent care centers, over two dozen specialty care practices and 24/7 emergency care at its Kirkland, Monroe, and Redmond campuses. In 2015, the system expanded to include EvergreenHealth Monroe – an accredited, full-service 74-bed public hospital district, established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. EvergreenHealth has clinical and strategic partnerships with several health care entities, including Virginia Mason, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and dozens of independent practices that are part of the clinically integrated EvergreenHealth Partners network and the Puget Sound High Value Network. In addition to clinical care, EvergreenHealth offers extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.
In 2016, EvergreenHealth achieved its eighth designation in the last nine years (2009-2012, and 2014-2017) as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades®, and in 2017 it was named one of Healthgrades 2017 America’s 100 Best Hospitals placing it among the top 2 percent of hospitals nationwide, based on its outstanding clinical performance. EvergreenHealth was also named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics™ in the “Large Community Hospitals” category for outstanding achievements in patient care, operational efficiency and financial strength. For more information, visit www.evergreenhealth.com.
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