In a special meeting on March 1, the KVH Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 to extend an offer of employment to Julie Petersen for the permanent position of Chief Executive Officer. She verbally accepted the offer the same day.
Julie Petersen has held the position of Interim Chief Executive Officer since late June 2016. During the intervening time period she has overseen the successful conclusion of negotiations for employees represented by both unions at KVH (Teamsters and Washington State Nurses Association), the recruitment of several new providers, and the strengthening of relationships with all community providers. She has also begun work to increase access to care for residents of Kittitas County, with positive early results.
Based in part on these efforts, the Board’s assessment of Julie Petersen was exceptional during her recent six-month evaluation.
“In addition to the excellent work she has already demonstrated, Julie Petersen possesses the personal and professional characteristics the Board was searching for in a permanent CEO,” said Liahna Armstrong, President of the KVH Board of Commissioners. “Julie has a special talent for listening and understanding all sides of a situation before moving towards a solution. She is calm under pressure, has outstanding communication skills, and is willing to take on difficult problems to the benefit of our community. Her fiscal acumen, her commitment to rural healthcare, and her exceptional managerial knowhow are signal assets. The stability of her continued leadership is essential to the wellbeing of the organization and the community.”
The Board had been working with executive search firm Passage and Associates on recruitment for the CEO position. Based in part on reviewing an initial list of likely candidates provided by the firm, the Board of Commissioners believed that an expensive and protracted search would not yield a better candidate than Julie Petersen.
Following the legal process for appointing the superintendent of a public hospital district, a resolution to appoint Julie Petersen as Chief Executive Officer is scheduled to be introduced at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board on March 30. An employment agreement will be negotiated, finalized, and brought to the subsequent regularly scheduled meeting of the Board on April 27.
With a permanent CEO in place as early as April, the Board looks forward to continuing work on a strategic planning process they began earlier this year to define the future direction of KVH.