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June 26, 2014

Joe Kortum Appointed Interim President, Harrison Medical Center

Bremerton - Harrison Medical Center Board Chair, Jim Civilla, announced today that Joe Kortum has been appointed Interim President of Harrison Medical Center, part of Franciscan Health System. Joe brings nearly 30 years of healthcare leadership to this role, most recently as President and CEO for the Columbia Network of PeaceHealth. During his tenure, he led Southwest Medical Center through affiliation with PeaceHealth and oversaw adoption of new healthcare technologies. He also led health care organizations in Arizona, California and Oregon.

“We believe that Joe’s many years of hospital leadership experience will benefit Harrison while we seek a permanent President for the organization,” said Jim Civilla. “Joe is successful in building both staff and physician partnerships in ways that build value and improve the patient experience.”

Joe will arrive July 7, and officially assumes the role of interim president on August 1, following the retirement of current President and CEO, Scott Bosch, who has led the organization for nearly a decade. Kortum will remain in place during the nationwide search for a new President of Harrison Medical Center. This search began in late May, following the retirement announcement of Bosch. It is anticipated his successor will be named by this fall or early winter.

“Joe was selected for this interim role based on his skill and ability to provide steady leadership during a time of tremendous change for Harrison,” said Joe Wilczek, Franciscan’s Chief Executive Officer. “In addition to helping us respond to changes in health care policy on a national and regional level, he will ensure stability as we implement a state-of-the-art electronic medical record system in Harrison’s hospitals and clinics and seek new ways to work together to improve the health of residents of Kitsap, Mason and Jefferson counties.”

Harrison Medical Center is a nonprofit healthcare organization offering medical, surgical, and emergency services at five locations-Bremerton, Silverdale, Port Orchard, Belfair, and Poulsbo-to serve the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas. We are part of the Franciscan Health System family of services. To learn about Harrison's many healthcare services, call 866-844-WELL or visit

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; Regional Hospital, Tukwila; 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.

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