Regional Executive Team

Members of the PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center Regional Executive Team embrace a leadership model fully rooted in our Mission and Values and in our heritage as a Catholic health care ministry. This model guides our leaders in every aspect of their work and oversight responsibilities.  It challenges us to relentlessly pursue improvements in patient outcomes and service to patients and families while awakening joy, meaning and purpose in the human spirit.

Photo of Ken Tonjes, CFO of Southeast Alaska Region of PeaceHealth ​      

Ken Tonjes 
CAO, Southeast Alaska Region

Ken joined PeaceHealth in 1990 and assumed his current role as Chief Administrative Officer of PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center in January 2014. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Ken retains responsibility for financial leadership at PeaceHealth Ketchikan.

Prior to assuming his current role, Ken served as Chief Financial Officer of the Southeast Alaska Region since 2001. Ken also previously served as CFO for several other PeaceHealth hospitals in Washington as well as being responsible for the revenue cycles of the Northern Regions. Early in his career he spent four plus years working in the Lower Columbia Region (LCR) as the CFO of the Medical Group and then Director of Finance for LCR. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Masters of Business Administration degree.

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Shannon Updike 
Vice President Patient Care Administration

Shannon Updike, RN, joined PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center in 1993 having received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland/La Grande. She began serving in the Medical/Surgical department providing in-patient care and transitioned to the Surgery department where she served until 1999. In 1999 she moved to Home Health, becoming the manager in 2000. 

In October 2012, Shannon accepted the position of Vice President Patient Care Services. Shannon is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and currently serves as the Administrator of “New Horizons,” the  PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center Long Term Care/Transitional Care Program. 

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Michele Budd 
Vice President Ambulatory Services

Michele has been in health care for more than 25 years. Before coming to Ketchikan she served in Longview, Washington with PeaceHealth Medical Group as a Business System Consultant and Regional Director-Medical Group Operations & Women's Health Program. Prior to that she worked as Director, Regional Neuro-Musculoskeletal Services and Program Director, Center for Bone & Joint Care for Providence Health Systems in Portland, Oregon.

Michele joined PeaceHealth in 1995 and came to Ketchikan in 2008.

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​Peter Rice, MD
Medical Director

Peter Rice joined PeaceHealth as an employed internal medicine physician in 2003 after being in private practice in Ketchikan since 1988. He became Medical Director of PeaceHealth Medical Group in 2009 and a Regional Executive Team member in 2007.

Dr. Rice continues to practice one-half time and represents PeaceHealth Medical Group for the Southeast Alaska Region of PeaceHealth.​