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Chief Executive Officer, Yakima, WA

Virginia Mason Memorial


Yakima, WA

July 31, 2019

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Chief Executive Officer - Virginia Mason Memorial

Management Fulltime - Regular
Yakima, WA, US
40 hours per week
Job Number: 192019
Department: Hospital Administration
Hours: Variable

Position Purpose

The Chief Executive Officer determines and directs policies and strategies that provide the overall short and long-term goals, objectives and plans for Virginia Mason Memorial (Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Association), its subsidiaries and partnerships (“Memorial”). The CEO holds ultimate accountability for leading the planning and implementation of strategy, and maintaining strong relationships within the organization and in the community. The CEO holds ultimate accountability for Memorial and works closely with the Chairman & CEO of the Virginia Mason Health System to establish long-term business strategies and goals that ensure excellence in operational and fiscal management, and delivery of high quality patient care.

Description of Virginia Mason Memorial

Virginia Mason Memorial, part of the Virginia Mason Health System, is a 226-bed acute-care, nonprofit community hospital that has served Central Washington's Yakima valley for more than 60 years as well as primary care practices and specialty care services including high-quality cardiac care; cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at 'Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow, winner of the Circle of Life Award from the American Hospital Association for innovative palliative and end-of-life care; pain management at Water's Edge; an advanced NICU unit, the only place in Central Washington that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children's Village; Signal Health, a clinically integrated network; and The Memorial Foundation, a separate 501c(3) organization that raises funds for innovative health care programs in the Yakima Valley.

Key Responsibilities

Directs and supports the implementation of policies and objectives of Virginia Mason Memorial’s Strategic Plan in accordance with the Mission, and as approved by the Virginia Mason Memorial Board of Directors, including leadership of the organization’s lean management system.
Expectation: Policies and objectives promote efficiency, productivity, and profitability.

Communicates effectively with and confers with board members and organizational senior leadership regarding policies and related implementation plans, and ensures effective implementation.
Expectation: Communication is clear, accurate, and timely, and policies are implemented.

Analyzes medical quality and program effectiveness to evaluate performance of service lines. Directs areas for program improvement.
Expectation: Analysis is productive, accurate, and communicated in a timely matter.

Is accountable to establish the annual budget to ensure the alignment of organizational priorities, maximization of dollars spent, and increased efficiency.
Expectation: Financial and budget activities are effective, accurate, clear, and profitable.

Assigns or delegates responsibilities to members of the Executive Leadership team, where applicable.
Expectation: Responsibilities delegated are clear, appropriate, and timely.

Establishes internal patient safety procedures and mechanisms for ensuring high quality patient care.
Expectation: Control procedures are consistent, accurate, and efficient, and meet requirements by regulatory bodies.

The CEO is responsible for the recruitment and retention of a talented executive leadership team.
Expectation: All leaders are qualified and have the right skills and talents to meet the needs of the organization.

Promotes the objectives and quality standing of Virginia Mason Memorial before local, state, and national associations, public, and government agencies.
Expectation: Promotional efforts are professional, productive, and communicate exceptional standing in the national healthcare arena.

Provides overall leadership for programs, operating and capital planning
Expectation: Program decisions and major capital expenditures foster productivity and profitability.

Communicates clearly and directly with the Chairman and CEO of the Virginia Mason Health System and the Virginia Mason Memorial Executive Team concerning performance expectations, productivity, and accountability.
Expectation: Communication is ongoing, clear, concise, and complete.



Master’s Degree in hospital administration, business, or equivalent advanced degree


Ten years progressively responsible experience in a complex health care delivery system required; additional professional business experience preferred.

Advanced knowledge of principles and processes involved in health care delivery organizational planning, coordination, and execution are essential requirements. This includes strategic planning, financial management, resource allocation, leadership techniques, and production methods. Training and experience in LEAN, Toyota Production System strongly preferred.

Knowledge of general economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, healthcare finance systems, and the analysis and reporting of financial data is recommended.

Virginia Mason offers much more than competitive compensation and benefits. With continuing education opportunities and the added potential of relocation assistance, you will find our commitment to your well-being is both rewarding and refreshing.

There is also the lifestyle benefit that comes with finding yourself in the Pacific Northwest. The Yakima Valley is located in south Central Washington and is known for its quality and quantity of agricultural crops, large wine and craft beverage industry, blue skies and affordable housing. Discover Yakima’s beauty, quality and diversity in its people, landscape and products.

We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Principals only please.

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