Interim president named for Harrison Medical Center

Joseph Kortum ... interim president of Harrison Medical Center. - Harrison Medical Center
Joseph Kortum ... interim president of Harrison Medical Center.
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BREMERTON — Joe Kortum has been appointed interim president of Harrison Medical Center, part of Franciscan Health System.

Harrison Medical Center Chairman Jim Civilla announced the appointment June 25. Kortum will succeed Scott Bosch, who is retiring after nearly a decade at the helm of Harrison.

Kortum has nearly 30 years of hospital management experience, and most recently was president and CEO of 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,” Civilla said in the press release.

“Joe is successful in building both staff and physician partnerships in ways that build value and improve the patient experience.”

Kortum will arrive July 7 and assume the role of interim president on Aug. 1, when Bosch retires. Kortum will remain in place during the nationwide search for a new president, who is expected to be hired by fall or early winter, according to spokeswoman Jacquie Goodwill. He is retired and is not a candidate to be president permanently.

“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 CEO. “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, Jefferson, and Clallam counties.”

Harrison Medical Center is a nonprofit healthcare organization that is affiliated with Franciscan Health System. Harrison provides medical, surgical, and emergency services at five locations in Belfair, Bremerton, Port Orchard, Poulsbo, and Silverdale.

Franciscan Health System includes:

— St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor.
— St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood.
— St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw.
— St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way.
— St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma. 
— Highline Medical Center, Burien.
— Regional Hospital, Tukwila.
— Franciscan Hospice House, University Place.
— Franciscan Medical Group clinics and providers, Pierce, King and Kitsap counties.
— Franciscan Foundation.

Franciscan ( is part of Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit 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 inpatient and outpatient facilities.

In fiscal year 2013, CHI provided more than $762 million in charity care and community benefit, including services free clinics, education and research, according to Goodwill.



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