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February 13, 2012

St. Anthony Hospital In Gig Harbor Welcomes Its New President

St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, which is part of the Franciscan Health System, welcomed Kurt Schley as its new president on Monday, Feb. 13.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to join a great community hospital and to support Franciscan’s mission to improve the health and well-being of the residents of Gig Harbor, Key Peninsula, Port Orchard and other areas,” he said.

Schley succeeds Carole Peet as president of St. Anthony Hospital. She relocated in September 2011 to become president and chief executive officer of a 196-bed hospital in the Denver suburb of Westminster, Colo.

He has nearly 25 years of leadership experience at large and small hospitals and in outpatient-care settings. He comes to St. Anthony Hospital from Memorial Healthcare System in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he served as administrator of the 52-acre medical campus that includes an ambulatory care center, imaging center and family medicine practice. Like the Franciscan Health System and St. Anthony Hospital, Memorial Healthcare is part of Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the largest non-profit health systems in the nation.

“Among the candidates for the position, Kurt stood out for his well-rounded and extensive experience in both non-profit and for-profit ambulatory and acute care settings,” said Franciscan Chief Operating Officer Cliff Robertson, MD. “We are fortunate that Kurt has joined our organization. I know the hospital’s staff and members of the community will enjoy meeting him.”

Schley received a bachelor’s degree from John Brown University in Arkansas and a master’s degree in hospital administration from the University of Missouri. He is married and has three children.

Laurie Brown, the chief nurse executive for the Franciscan organization, served as interim president of the Gig Harbor hospital during the national search that led to Schley’s appointment.

St. Anthony Hospital, licensed for 80 beds, provides an array of inpatient and outpatient services, including 24-hour emergency care. The hospital, which opened in 2009, has earned awards for high patient satisfaction scores for two consecutive years.

In addition to the state-of-the-art hospital, St. Anthony’s Gig Harbor campus includes the Milgard Medical Pavilion that is home to the Jane Thompson Russell Cancer Care Center, physician practices, and other health services.

St. Anthony is one of five hospitals in the Franciscan Health System. The others are St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma; St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood; St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way; and St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw. The 8,300-employee organization also includes the Franciscan Medical Group, a comprehensive network of primary care and specialty care physicians and other professional providers in Pierce, Kitsap and King counties.

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