EvergreenHealth’s CEO Amy Beiter stepped down on May 31 after nine months in the position as the result of a mutual decision, according to hospital officials.
“We’re thankful for her service and wish her well in all her next endeavors,” hospital officials said in a statement. “While we are in a season of leadership changes for our organization, our roots remain steadfast as we continue each day with the same purpose as always — to enrich the health and well-being of every life we touch and serving our patients and our community with high quality, safe and compassionate care.”
Jeff Tomlin, a 30-year veteran of EvergreenHealth, will fill the role as interim CEO after most recently serving as senior vice president, chief medical officer and quality officer.
“During this transition, we welcome Dr. Jeff Tomlin as interim CEO and appreciate the continued leadership, insightful expertise and experience he will bring to the role,” officials stated in an internal email. “His leadership philosophy centers on truly getting to know his team, a value that has served him well throughout his career at EvergreenHealth. He believes it’s a special privilege to care for another human being and he has dedicated his work to improving the patient experience.”
EvergreenHealth officials would not elaborate further on why Beiter stepped down as CEO nor how or when they would seek out and select new candidates for the role.
The health system, operating as King County Public Hospital District No. 2, serves numerous Eastside communities, spanning as far south as Sammamish, north to Snohomish County, as far west as Kenmore, and into the Snoqualmie Valley, reaching east of Duvall. The EvergreenHealth system itself extends beyond the district’s boundaries.
The district failed to pass a $345 million, 20-year bond in April’s special election as part of its 10-year Master Facilities Plan. The bond, promoted as the “EverHealthy” initiative, would have funded upgrades to the medical center’s Critical Care Unit, the modernization of the Family Maternity Center, extensive seismic upgrades to the original hospital and general updates to aging systems through a levy of $0.18 per $1,000 of assessed home value per year.
A spokesperson for EvergreenHealth said the health system would soon share more about the EverHealthy initiative.