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PeaceHealth welcomes new Chief Administrative Officer at Cottage Grove Community Medical Center

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Head shot of Jason Hawkins, CAO of PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center

Jason Hawkins will serve in a combined role as CAO of PeaceHealth hospitals in Cottage Grove and Florence

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – PeaceHealth Cottage Grove Community Medical Center is pleased to welcome Jason Hawkins as its new chief administrative officer (CAO), beginning November 1.

Hawkins will remain the CAO for PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center in Florence and will now serve in a combined role, overseeing operations at both campuses.

Hawkins has a long history of exceptional leadership in rural healthcare and will provide a smooth transition for Cottage Grove caregivers as he steps into the role previously held by Alicia Beymer. She will move into a new position as CAO for both PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Centers, University District and RiverBend.

“I want to thank Jason for taking on this additional responsibility and bringing his expertise in rural healthcare to our Cottage Grove Community Medical Center campus,” said Dr. Jim McGovern, interim chief executive of the PeaceHealth Oregon network.

Hawkins led Peace Harbor Medical Center to its first five-star rating from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services earlier this year. This is the highest rating possible and puts PeaceHealth in the top 10 percent of hospitals in the United States.

As he has shown throughout his past 6 years in Florence, Hawkins will forge strong relationships with board members, providers, leaders, caregivers and the community, while also ensuring that clinical support services are coordinated to improve patient care and clinical outcomes. Overall, Hawkins will lead the operations and maintain accountability for the administration and management of providing efficient, high-quality, patient-centered care.

“I am honored to take on this expanded role within PeaceHealth and excited to work with the Cottage Grove community,” said Hawkins. “I am looking forward to supporting the Cottage Grove caregivers in the care they provide and continuing the great work that Alicia has done in recent years.”

Prior to working for PeaceHealth, Hawkins served as chief executive officer for Fulton County Medical Center in McConnellsburg, Pa. In this role, he was responsible for overall planning and operations for hospital facility and physician services, physician recruitment, board/medical staff relations, strategic planning, development of financial and quality improvement plans, and leadership development.

He is a member of the National Rural Health Congress and the American Hospital Association’s Governing Council for Rural Hospitals.

Hawkins received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pa., and a Master of Business Administration from Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pa.

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 group practice with more than 1,200 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



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