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EvergreenHealth names new CAO for its Monroe hospital

  • Written by Valley View Staff

KIRKLAND–EvergreenHealth announced last week 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).

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.

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