Press Release

April 12, 2012

Contact: Gregg Davidson, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, 360-814-2130

Skagit Regional Health Names New Chief Operating Officer

MOUNT VERNON – Mike Liepman, a veteran Northwest health care executive, will join Skagit Regional Health as Chief Operating Officer in June.  

Liepman is currently Chief Executive Officer at Valley General Hospital, a 112-bed facility in Monroe, with more than 400 employees.

He will join Skagit Regional Health, which includes the 137-bed Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, and 10 clinic locations in Skagit, Island and north Snohomish counties.

"I have used Skagit Valley Hospital as an icon of what a medium-sized hospital can do if it really listens to its community and has a mission to grow and provide the best array and quality of services the region can support," Liepman said.

Liepman’s additional experience includes serving as Vice President of Guest Services and Facilities for the Franciscan Health System in Tacoma; Chief Operating Officer at Empire Health Services in Spokane and Chief Executive Officer for Valley Hospital and Medical Center in Spokane. He has a special interest in strategic planning, market growth, clinical improvement and physician collaboration.

"We are pleased to bring in an executive with the experience and focus on operational improvement, strategic planning and vision for the future that Mike has," said Chief Executive Officer Gregg Davidson, FACHE. "With the rapid change going on in health care, we need to be at the forefront of meeting the health care needs of the patients we serve, while cutting costs and enhancing efficiency to match declining government and insurance reimbursements."

Liepman is a graduate of Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Accounting and received a Master of Health Science from Whitworth College in Spokane.

He replaces Lori Daisley who served in the position from 2005 through 2011.