April 8, 2014
Harrison Medical Center President and CEO Scott Bosch to Retire
Bremerton, WA - Harrison Medical Center Chairman of the Board, Jim Civilla, announced today that Scott Bosch, president and chief executive officer, will retire from his post at the end of July. Bosch has served in his role for nearly a decade.
“Through Scott’s leadership, Harrison Medical Center is now well-poised to fulfill its mission for generations to come,” said Civilla. “He helped usher Harrison through a pivotal juncture in its history; one that will make a positive difference and create healthier communities far into the future.”
Over the past five years, in particular, Harrison has achieved industry-wide recognition for excellence in outstanding clinical quality and patient care. Simultaneously, Harrison expanded and refined essential services, such as cardiovascular and orthopedic care, and opened new facilities in North Mason, Port Orchard, Silverdale, the Olympic Peninsula, and now a soon-to-come Bainbridge Island center, providing 24-hour healthcare for the first time to Island residents.
“I came to Harrison with specific goals and a vision in mind,” said Bosch. “More than just expanding bricks-and-mortar, I wanted to make Harrison a better place; to not only continue as a safe place for our patients, but to ensure a visible administration both internally and throughout our community, and to be recognized regionally and nationally for exceptional quality. I wanted to move this organization from good to great and I believe I have accomplished many of those goals.”
During Bosch’s tenure, Harrison Medical Center rededicated itself to exceptional healthcare. Recently, the organization was recognized for these accomplishments, including:
- Blue Cross Centers of Distinction: For excellence in cardiac and orthopedic care,
- American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award,
- Beacon Award for Excellence: Recognized by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses for improved patient outcomes, continuous staff learning, and evidence-based practices,
- The Joint Commission: Recognized as a Top Performer in several quality measures, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care.
Bosch also led the organization through consideration and selection of affiliation with Franciscan Health System. The affiliation brings substantial investment into Harrison infrastructure. It enables the organization to adopt advanced IT systems, including the Epic electronic medical record, and to expand services throughout the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas.
“Scott’s legacy is his collaborative leadership at all levels of the organization and throughout the communities it serves,” said Joe Wilczek, chief executive officer of Franciscan Health System. “Harrison is poised, as part of a regional health system, to innovate healthcare for people across the Puget Sound.”
The Harrison Medical Center Board is currently developing a succession plan which they will implement over the next several months.
Bosch will step down from his post on July 31st, following the successful adoption of Harrison’s new electronic medical record, Epic. After enjoying a much-anticipated vacation, he plans to remain in the Kitsap County area during his retirement.
Franciscan Health System includes St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma; St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way; St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood; St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw; St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor; Highline Medical Center, Burien; Harrison Medical Center and Harrison HealthPartners, Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas; Franciscan Hospice House, University Place; Franciscan Medical Group clinics and providers, Pierce, King and Kitsap counties; and the Franciscan Foundation. Franciscan is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems. One of the nation’s largest health systems, Englewood, Colo. –based CHI operates in 18 states and comprises 87 hospitals; 24 critical access facilities and other facilities that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. In fiscal year 2013, CHI provided more than $762 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research.