PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center (PHKMC) announced today that Ken Tonjes has accepted the permanent role of chief administrative officer after serving as interim CAO since August 2013. Ken Tonjes has served the community as PeaceHealth Ketchikan’s chief financial officer for more than 12 years.
“After a nationwide search and interviewing a number of very qualified candidates, we’re pleased to find that we already have the best leader for PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center at the helm,” states Nancy Steiger, CEO and chief mission officer of PeaceHealth Northwest Network, of which Ketchikan Medical Center is part. “Tonjes brings not only his financial and business experience, but also a long history of success at PeaceHealth Ketchikan. His background, knowledge, and already existing relationships within the community ensure a stable transition so we can move forward into the future without missing a beat.”
Tonjes, a certified public accountant with a Master of Business Administration degree, brings 23 years of service at PeaceHealth to this new position and has a breadth of knowledge and connections with the communities PeaceHealth serves. While interim CAO, Tonjes worked with local and state leaders to secure funding for the $62 million “Your Health—Your Future” medical center expansion project, which will add 72,000 square feet of surgery and clinical space onto the existing facility.
Chairperson of PeaceHealth Ketchikan Governing Board Julie Sande said, “I am very pleased to hear that Ken has been appointed as the CAO for PHKMC. Over the years, I have come to know Ken as a tremendous advocate for quality healthcare in our community and think his strong background in finance as well as his compassionate heart will be an asset to our community.”
In addition to his new role as CAO, Tonjes will continue serving in the key leadership role for finance at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.
“I am truly honored to be selected for the CAO role and am excited to continue to work with all of our caregivers in providing the best possible care for our community,” commented Tonjes. “Our challenges are many, but I am confident we can address these challenges with our patients’ needs at the heart of the decision-making process.