Mike Liepman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mike Liepman joined Skagit Regional Health as Chief Operating Officer in June 2012. 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; and he spent 25 years in Spokane as Chief Operating Officer at Empire Health Services and Chief Executive Officer for Valley Hospital and Medical Center. 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. He is a diplomat in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Mike is currently the Senior Executive managing Cascade Valley Hospital until a Chief Executive Officer joins the team.
Jim Geist, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Jim Geist joined Skagit Regional Health in January 2017 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer at Capital Medical Center in Olympia, a facility with 110 acute care beds, a physician joint venture and 607 employees. Geist’s additional previous experience includes serving as interim Chief Executive Officer at Southwestern Medical Center in Lawton, Oklahoma; Chief Executive Officer for Mountain View Regional Medical Center in New Mexico, a part of the Tennessee-based Community Health Systems; and service as Chief Operating Officer for Havasu Regional Medical Center in Arizona, and Valley View Medical Center in Arizona and Colorado River Medical Center in California, all part of the LifePoint Hospitals, Inc., also based in Tennessee. Geist, who previously served on the Washington State Hospital Association board, holds a Finance degree and a Master’s in Public Administration, both from the University of Texas, and a Master’s in Health Services Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio.
Joshua Griggs, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer
Joshua Griggs, MD was named Chief Medical Information Officer for Skagit Regional Health in 2016. This is a new position at SRH, serving as liaison between providers and the technology services team, to advance development and use of the Electronic Health Record (Epic) and focus on data and analytics to provide evidence-based care. Dr. Griggs is Board Certified in Family Medicine and joined the medical staff in 2011. He continues to dedicate 20 percent of his time to direct patient care. He is a graduate of Loma Linda Medical School in Loma Linda, California and completed his Family Medicine residency at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Ana, California. He holds a Certificate in Medical Management from the University of Washington.
Mary Ann Hink, MD, Chief Physician Officer
Mary Ann Hink, MD, an experienced Internal Medicine physician, became Skagit Regional Health’s Chief Physician Officer in October 2016, responsible for clinical care pathways, ambulatory care, provider recruitment and service line development. Dr. Hink previously served the organization as Medical Director of Clinical Services and Associate Medical Director of Primary Care. Dr. Hink joined Skagit Regional Clinics as an Internal Medicine physician in 2000. Dr. Hink, who is board certified in Internal Medicine, received her Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and completed an Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle.
Michelle Sand, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Michelle Sand, MSN, RN, NEA-BC is a Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington, Washington. Prior to coming to Washington she was the VP of Patient Care Services/CNO at Iron County Community Hospital in Iron River, Michigan. Before that she was the Director of Medical-Surgical Services at Mercy General Health Partners in Muskegon, Michigan, which is part of The Trinity Health System Organization. She is originally from Chicago, Illinois where she received her B.S.N & M.S.N. from Loyola University of Chicago. She also obtained a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. She is currently the chairman of the Stillaguamish Senior Center Board in Arlington, and a member of the NWone (Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives) Board.
Jola Barnett, Vice President of Operations
Jola Barnett, MBA, is Vice President of Operations Cascade Valley Hospital, Skagit Regional Health, Arlington, Washington. Ms. Barnett has held numerous leadership positions within the organization for more than 20 years, including Corporate Compliance Officer and Privacy Officer from 2008 to 2016. She served as President of the Regional Health Services Interlocal Group of Public District Hospitals in western Washington from 2002 to 2013. Ms. Barnett is originally from Sedro-Woolley, Washington and received a B.A. in Management and Operations and M.B.A. from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Ms. Barnett is also an Adjunct faculty Instructor for the WSU Carson School of Business, in the online MBA degree program. She currently serves as President for the Rotary Club of Arlington and is a member of Healthcare Financial Management Association and American Health Information Management Association.
Seven publicly elected commissioners serve on the board of Public Hospital District No. 1, Skagit Regional Health. Read more on the Commissioners’ page.