Harrison chooses new CEO

The nation-wide search to replace Harrison Hospital’s retiring chief executive officer is over. Harrison’s board of directors has hired Scott W. Bosch of Loveland, Colo. to succeed 13-year CEO Dave Gitch, according to hospital spokesperson Patti Hart.

“I’m honored and so very excited to become a part of an organization that is surely one of this community’s greatest assets,” Bosch stated in a prepared statement. “My focus will be to ensure that Harrison provides exceptional patient care, first-class customer service and is considered an employer of choice, building on good work already in place.”

Gitch retires on Nov. 15.

Harrison board chair Ron Muhleman is confident Bosch is the right person for the position.

“He has a lot of experience in working in both nonprofit and profit and he’s going to be a good fit for the community,” Muhleman said.

One of Bosch’s strong suits is the professional relationships he is able to forge with physicians, Muhleman said.

Bosch is an avid outdoorsman who will be right at home in Kitsap County. Bosch, his wife and his three sons enjoy skiing and other outdoor activities.

“He’s certainly a good fit for Kitsap County,” Muhleman said.

Bosch will begin his job duties on Nov. 30. In his most recent position, Bosch served as president of Banner Health’s Colorado region. At that spot, he oversaw nine hospitals in four states. That’s one of the reasons Bosch threw his hat in the ring for the Harrison Hospital job, Muhleman said. Bosch oversaw so many hospitals that he was traveling all the time. As CEO of Harrison, there’s much less travel time.

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