HEALTH CARE DISTRICT APPOINTS SUPERINTENDENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 4, 2020
Veteran Washington health care executive Eric Jensen was appointed Superintendent of the Vashon Health Care District by the District’s board of commissioners at its regular meeting June 3.
Jensen has 30 years’ experience as a health care CEO, including 24 years as the chief executive of public hospital districts in rural or semi-rural Washington communities such as Vashon. Most recently he was CEO/Chief Integration Officer of a hospital in Toppenish.
He is a former chair and board member of the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts. Jensen also has served on the board of the Washington State Hospital Association and the Governor’s EMS/Trauma Care Steering Committee.
He has a long history of involvement in community organizations in communities in which he has served, including the Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Rotary and the Kittitas County Board of Health.
Jensen’s appointment as Superintendent was the culmination of a process that began in March. Job postings for the position attracted a number of qualified applicants from Washington and out-of-state. Applicants were screened by a search committee consisting of Commissioner and Board President Tom Langland, Commissioner Wendy Noble, and Vashon residents Alan Aman, a health care executive, and Patricia Haley, a retired health care consultant.
Finalists were interviewed by the full five-member board of commissioners. Jensen was their unanimous choice.
“We’re thrilled to have an executive with Eric’s experience to help the District find a path toward sustainable health care on Vashon in these tumultuous times,” Langland said. “He has just the right skill set for us.” “I look forward to assisting the Vashon Health Care District as it works to promote and maintain accessible health care on the island,” Jensen said. “I know Vashon presents unique challenges, and I appreciate the trust the commissioners have placed in me.”
Jensen’s position is part-time and starts June 15.
ABOUT THE VASHON HEALTH CARE DISTRICT The Vashon Health Care District (King County Public Hospital District #5) was established by Vashon voters in November 2019. Its mission is to promote and maintain the health of the residents of Vashon and Maury Islands by supporting accessible, quality primary health care through community partnerships, shared decision-making, transparency, and responsible stewardship of resources.