Jensen stepping aside as SPMC CEO

Jensen’s last day is May 5.

Summit Pacific Medical Center’s CEO Renee Jensen recently announced she will not renew her contract with the East County hospital district.

The decision was announced via email to hospital staff.

“It is with mixed emotions that I share with you that I will not be renewing my contract with the district,” Jensen wrote. “I have served the district for almost 10 years and I feel like Summit has changed me more than I have changed Summit.”

Jensen’s last day is May 5, which is also the foundation’s annual celebrity golf tournament, an event founded by Jensen and the foundation some 10 years ago, said Lauren Day, Summit Pacific communications and development director.

“Fortunately for us, Jensen has built up a strong leadership team full of individuals who have a wide depth of knowledge and experience,” Day wrote in a email to The Vidette.

Summit Pacific administration is working to create a “transition plan.” Day said that plan could be in place by the end of the week.

Jensen’s tone was positive in the announcement and she noted she is pursuing other opportunities.

“I am excited that I will have new amazing opportunities ahead, and I look forward to sharing those plans with you during the transition period,” Jensen wrote.

Summit Pacific Medical Center is the flagship facility of Grays Harbor County Hospital District 1.

Jensen’s husband, Tom, is CEO of Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen.

According to the Summit Pacific website, Renee Jensen has served as CEO since 2007, beginning at Mark Reed Hospital in McCleary. Under her leadership, the district was listed by Modern Healthcare as the ninth most profitable Critical Access Hospital in the nation in 2009 and the most profitable in its size category. Jensen secured the first USDA loan for hospital construction in Washington State for $19.5 million. In 2013 the $23 million, green-field build of Summit Pacific Medical Center was complete and open to the public.