PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center Selects New Chief Executive by tony3x


									For Immediate Release:
October 7th, 2009

Contact:       Randy Querin
               Public Affairs – St. John Medical Center, Longview WA
               (360) 414-7782

PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center Selects New Chief
Executive Officer
Josiah “Sy” Johnson Named Regional CEO and Chief Mission Officer

PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center is pleased to announce that Josiah “Sy” Johnson has
been named Chief Executive Officer and Chief Mission Officer of PeaceHealth’s Lower
Columbia Region (comprising St. John Medical Center and PeaceHealth Medical
Group). Johnson, formerly the Region’s Chief Operating Officer, has served as interim
CEO since April 2009.

"Sy has played a pivotal role in the growth and success of our Lower Columbia Region
over the last few years, which made this decision an obvious one for our Board,” says
Alan Yordy, PeaceHealth President, CEO and Chief Mission Officer. “His commitment
to patients, to the community, and to the mission and values of PeaceHealth is evident
every day.”

Johnson began his career at PeaceHealth in May of 2002 as Chief Financial Officer of the
Lower Columbia Region. During his tenure as CFO, Johnson oversaw a transformation
of PeaceHealth’s financial results. “I am very proud of our accomplishments in setting
PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center on solid financial footing. Through the
collaboration, hard work and careful planning of our team of dedicated caregivers, we
have seen our hospital and medical group grow in incredible ways to meet the health care
needs of our community. We have attracted talented new physicians, upgraded our
technology, and expanded and modernized our facility. I am excited about the
opportunities that lie ahead for PeaceHealth to enhance local healthcare.”

During Johnson’s tenure as CFO and COO, PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center crafted
and executed an ambitious plan to renovate the medical center’s 8-story patient tower,
including expansion of the emergency department and inpatient behavioral health unit, at
a cost of $46 million. The final stage of this multi-year project will be completed in early
2010. “The renovation has been a great success,” says Johnson, “but it’s just the next
step in our ongoing commitment to reinvest in needed facilities and services for our
As Chief Mission Officer, Johnson is committed to ensuring that St. John Medical Center
and PeaceHealth Medical Group remain true to PeaceHealth’s mission of promoting
personal and community health, relieving pain and suffering, and treating each person in
a loving and caring way.

”The mission of PeaceHealth is very important to me,” says Johnson. “As Chief Mission
Officer, I will work to ensure our mission will always be at the center of what we do.”

“Sy is a great listener who wants to understand those around him,” says PeaceHealth
Governing Board member Terry Brandon. “He is inclusive in making decisions, and he
believes in and lives the mission of PeaceHealth. With Sy, what you see is what you get.
He is honest, open, and trusted by those who associate with him. He’s not afraid to make
the hard decisions, but he is thoughtful in making those decisions. He cares deeply about
everyone who works for and is cared for by St. John.”

Board member Gary Healea adds, “Sy has consistently been a major contributor to our
success. We look forward to Sy’s leadership as we work toward continuously improving
and enriching health care for our community.”

About Johnson:
Sy Johnson is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a BS in Business
Administration, and is a current candidate for a Masters degree in Business
Administration from the University of Wyoming. He is a licensed CPA, and early in his
career worked for KPMG Peat Marwick in Seattle and then Arthur Andersen in Seattle
and in Arizona. Sy is a board member of the Cowlitz Family Health Center, and is a
member of both the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare
Financial Management Association. He is married with five children, and devotes his
free time to family activities.

St. John Medical Center is a community-owned, not-for-profit, 193-bed acute care hospital and Level III trauma
center located in Longview, Washington. Recognized nationally as a Top 100 Hospital, St. John provides a full range
of outpatient and inpatient diagnostic, medical, and surgical services. The region’s health care leader for more than 60
years, St. John is one of six medical centers in the PeaceHealth System.

PeaceHealth Medical Group is a Longview, Washington multi-specialty medical group made up of approximately
100 general and specialty medical providers.

PeaceHealth is a not-for-profit healthcare system with hospitals and medical centers in Washington. Alaska, and
Oregon. Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, PeaceHealth has provided exceptional medicine and
compassionate care to Pacific Northwest communities for more than a century. For more information, visit


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