Following Snoqualmie Valley Hospital CEO Tom Parker’s announcement of his pending resignation, the Public Hospital District No. 4 board of directors appointed chief medical officer Dr. Kim Witkop as Interim CEO at a Nov. 8 meeting.
Parker, who announced his resignation in October, will be leaving the hospital and the Valley for a position as CEO at Mammoth Hospital in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. His resignation came during the hospital’s discussions with Overlake Medical Center about a possible affiliation agreement. Parker recommended the board approve Dr. Witkop for the interim position when he announced his resignation in October.
Dr. Witkop will retain some of her workload as CMO as she takes on the majority of the CEO’s responsibilities. Some of the CEO responsibilities will also be passed on to chief financial officer Steve Daniels.
Parker said Witkop will work directly with the board of directors, lead the affiliation work, and take on reports from the nursing, pharmacy and rehabilitation departments.
Witkop will remain the interim CEO until the affiliation discussions with Overlake are concluded, Parker said. Whether or not an affiliation agreement is formed, finding a permanent leadership candidate will wait until that process is complete.
Witkop was not available to speak to the Valley Record by deadline, but Parker shared his memo to the board.
“Dr. Witkop thinks strategically, plans extremely well, and knows and manages details. Her broad and deep understanding of the operations, clinical processes, and revenue cycle of the organization is unmatched,” Parker wrote.
Witkop will begin working in the role on Nov. 24, which is Parker’s last day. The board is expecting to review a letter of intent to begin affiliation discussions with Overlake Medical Center some time in November. The letter must be approved by the board before it is sent to Overlake.