Ketchikan Hospital CEO Leaves for Idaho

The chief executive of Ketchikan Medical Center is leaving his post after 11 years

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by Brooks Putman

KETCHIKAN - The chief executive of Ketchikan Medical Center is leaving his post after 11 years.
   
Pat Branco has accepted a job as president of CEO of community hospitals for Duluth, Minn.-based Essentia Health Systems.
   
Branco will be responsible for two hospitals, eight clinics and four physical therapy centers in central Idaho in his new position for Essentia.
   
His resignation is effective Aug. 13.
   
During his tenure in Ketchikan, he was named to the Alaska Health Care Commission and has served as the Alaska delegate to the American Hospital Association's Regional Policy Board.
   
He also oversaw the hospital's federal designation to "critical access hospital" from acute care.
   
Branco plans to help the hospital search for an interim and long-term replacement before he leaves.

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