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Regional Health Appoints New CEO for Toppenish Community Hospital

Contact: Dawn O'Polka 509-837-1543

Sunnyside, WA (September 6, 2017) – John Gallagher, President and CEO of Regional Health announced the appointment of Eric Jensen as Chief Executive Officer at Toppenish Community Hospital, a Regional Health affiliate, effective Friday, September 1, 2017. On September 1, Regional Health acquired both Toppenish Community Hospital and Yakima Community Hospital returning them to local non-profit status.

Eric Jensen is a seasoned healthcare executive bringing over 28 years of Chief Executive Officer experience to his new role. Mr. Jensen has a deep understanding of the Toppenish community, the Yakima Valley and the State of Washington healthcare delivery system.

Prior to joining Regional Health, Mr. Jensen served as CEO of Valley General Hospital in Monroe, Washington. The hospital was renamed EvergreenHealth Monroe in 2015. Prior to EvergreenHealth, he served as CEO at Regional Hospital for Respiratory and Complex Care, a specialty hospital located in Seattle. Mr. Jensen also served as CEO of Kittitas Valley Healthcare in Ellensburg and CEO of Forks Community Hospital in Forks, Washington.

Mr. Jensen has been very active for many years in the Washington State Hospital Association and Association of Public Hospital Districts (AWPHD). He recently served as AWPHD Board President.

Mr. Jensen received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Washington and his Master of Healthcare Administration from Tulane University in New Orleans. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

"Toppenish Community Hospital is an important community asset, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with a passionate local board, associates and physicians as we return it to local, non-profit status as a member of Regional Health," said Mr. Jensen. "The Toppenish area, including Toppenish, Granger, Zillah, Wapato and the towns and cities nearby, is rich in history and culture. I look forward to working with Regional Health to strengthen the hospital and reinvest back into the hospital and its services as well as the community."

Posted September 06, 2017

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