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CHI Franciscan names new CEO

Ketul J. Patel 2CHI Franciscan Health named a new CEO Wednesday to replace retiring CEO Joe Wilczek.

CHI Franciscan‘s next top executive will be Ketul Patel, currently executive vice president and chief strategy and operations officer at the Hackensack University Health Network and Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey.

Patel starts Feb. 23, according to a news release. In addition to his CEO role, Patel will oversee Northwest operations for Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives, CHI Franciscan’s parent company. The Northwest region includes two CHI hospitals in Oregon.

Kitsap’s Harrison Medical Center is part of the CHI Franciscan system, though it maintains its own board and president. Harrison named a new president in October. David Schultz will take the reins of the nonprofit medical system on Dec. 15.

Once both are in place, Schultz will report to Patel at CHI Franciscan who will report to CHI executive Michael Rowan.

Below is the full news release on the hiring of Patel: Continue reading