KVH Begins Search for Permanent CEO


The five-member Board of Commissioners for Kittitas Valley Healthcare has begun the process of searching for and hiring a permanent Chief Executive Officer. 

Following the termination of former KVH CEO Paul Nurick in June 2016, the Board’s highest priority was the hiring of an interim CEO.  Julie Petersen accepted the interim position the same month.  

In July 2016, the Board turned its attention to filling a position left vacant by the resignation of Commissioner Pam Wilson.  After an application and interview process, Bob Crowe was unanimously appointed to the vacant position in September 2016.

With an interim CEO established and a full complement of commissioners in place, the Board of Commissioners is now focused on commencing the search for a permanent CEO.

The first step in the search process is the selection of a firm that specializes in the recruitment of healthcare executives.  The Board intends to select a firm that has experience in working with public hospital districts, and, in particular, with rural public hospital districts. 

“We want to ensure a thoughtful process that yields the best possible candidate for our community,” said Liahna Armstrong, President of the KVH Board of Commissioners.  “The Board is committed to the meaningful inclusion of our community and employees during the CEO search process.”

Once an executive search firm has been selected, the Board will solicit applications from candidates who have specific experience in rural healthcare.  Updates on the search process and information about the interview process will be released in the coming months.