MOUNT VERNON – Skagit Regional Health President and Chief Executive Officer Gregg Davidson, FACHE announced today that he will step down after 37 years with the organization. He will end his employment on December 31, 2016.
Effective immediately, operational control of Skagit Regional Health will transfer to Mike Liepman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Liepman joined Skagit Regional Health in June 2012 as Chief Operating Officer.
“I would like to thank Gregg for his outstanding vision and commitment to bring Skagit Valley Hospital from a community hospital to the growing, integrated health care system that Skagit Regional Health is today. I have worked with many talented CEOs in my career and Gregg runs with the best,” Liepman said. “I look forward to the opportunity to keep our momentum going as we continue to move forward to bring the best in health care services to the region.”
Mr. Davidson started at Skagit Valley Hospital in 1979 in the Accounting Department. He became Superintendent of Skagit Valley Hospital in January 2003 and Chief Executive Officer in January 2004. Skagit Valley Hospital integrated with the former Skagit Valley Medical Center in 2010 to form Skagit Regional Health and Mr. Davidson served as Chief Executive Officer.
Earlier this year, he became President and Chief Executive Officer of Skagit Regional Health, which today includes Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, Skagit Regional Clinics locations in Skagit, Island and north Snohomish counties and Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington.
Mr. Davidson holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Washington and a Master’s of Science in Health Care Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and current chair of the Washington State Hospital Association Board.
Mr. Liepman’s experience includes serving as Chief Executive Officer at Valley General Hospital in Monroe; Vice President of Guest Services and Facilities for the Franciscan Health System in Tacoma; Chief Operating Officer at Empire Health Services in Spokane and Chief Executive Officer for Valley Hospital and Medical Center in Spokane.
Mr. Liepman is a graduate of Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Accounting and received a Master of Health Science from Whitworth College in Spokane.
A statement from Mr. Davidson is displayed below.
After 37 years, I have decided to step down as President and Chief Executive Officer of Skagit Regional Health.
I will be ending my employment on December 31, 2016. I will continue my role as Chair of the Washington State Hospital Association Board for the remainder of my term ending in October 2016.
Effective immediately, operational control of Skagit Regional Health will transfer to Mike Liepman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
I now look forward to taking some much-needed time off and to rebalance my life towards family. Lea and I are excited about the next chapter in our lives. The timing is excellent as it also comes at a natural transition for Skagit Regional Health as a large integrated health system, with two hospitals, a large clinic system, and the Graduate Medical Education program, that will continue to grow.
I am very satisfied and proud of this outstanding, highly successful organization where I have spent the past 37 years. I have so many fond memories of the amazing people I have had the pleasure to work with and what we have been able to accomplish. The commitment, dedication and growth of our medical community and services has been amazing. It takes a strong team and I was gratified to lead this team.
We have grown in many ways since 2004, my first year as CEO. I am most proud that we have maintained our mission and commitment of being a safety net hospital and health care system, providing excellent care to patients, regardless of their ability to pay.
There are many people for me to thank for their mentoring and guidance along the way. Their support during this journey will be forever appreciated. I am grateful for the privilege to serve in this leadership role and working with a supportive board, medical staff, leaders and all team members.
The amazing community support of our mission is evidenced by our large volunteer program, our guilds and auxiliaries and our Foundations.
We have made a difference and as we look forward, our commitment to a strong health system, advancing medicine and collaboration to contribute to a healthier community will continue to be the legacy.
My best regards,
Gregg Agustín Davidson, FACHE
President and Chief Executive Officer