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Charles Prosper, MSPT, MBA, named PeaceHealth Northwest Chief Executive

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. – PeaceHealth announced that Charles Prosper, MSPT, MBA, has been named chief executive of the PeaceHealth Northwest network.

Prosper held the role of interim chief executive since long-time PeaceHealth leader, Dale Zender retired on Sept. 30, 2019. Prosper joined PeaceHealth in March 2019 as the chief operating officer for PeaceHealth’s facilities in the Northwest.

In this role, Prosper will continue to lead PeaceHealth hospital operations in Bellingham, Sedro-Woolley, and Friday Harbor, Washington, and in Ketchikan, Alaska. His work will focus on maintaining clinical and quality excellence, increasing employee and physician engagement and developing relationships in the Northwest communities PeaceHealth serves.

Prosper began his 30-year career in healthcare as a physical therapist at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia. He has held various roles of increasing management and executive-level responsibility in healthcare settings ranging from small community hospitals to large, tertiary care facilities. Prior to joining PeaceHealth, Prosper served as chief executive officer of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, California, a multi-campus hospital enterprise, part of Sutter Health, based in Sacramento.

Prosper holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, a master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University, and a Master of Business Administration from University of California at Berkeley.

“Life in the Northwest has been incredibly rewarding and enlightening,” said Prosper. “The deep commitment and passion of PeaceHealth providers and caregivers is evident in all our communities. There is a true desire to continuously improve and innovate, looking for better ways to serve our communities each day.”

Prosper and his husband are in the process of moving their home from San Francisco to Bellingham. They have a high school-aged son.  


About PeaceHealth

PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a medical group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at