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New CEO marks the end of nine-month search

PMH Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Craig Marks, center, visits with hospital board member Glenn Bestebreur and daughter Rebekah, during a Wednesday night reception held in Marks’ honor. At right is Sue Jetter of Sunnyside, a grants consultant for the Prosser medical center.

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PMH Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Craig Marks, center, visits with hospital board member Glenn Bestebreur and daughter Rebekah, during a Wednesday night reception held in Marks’ honor. At right is Sue Jetter of Sunnyside, a grants consultant for the Prosser medical center.



— The Lower Yakima Valley community welcomed a new hospital chief last night during a reception at the Walter Clore Center.

Craig J. Marks, 53, started work last week as PMH Medical Center’s chief executive officer.

Previously the chief executive officer of Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas,

Calif., Marks was hired by the hospital’s board in July.

It was the culmination of a search that began last October to replace Julie Petersen, who resigned. She is now the interim chief executive officer at Kittitas Valley Community Hospital in Ellensburg.

“Craig Marks brings a wealth of hospital experience to this position, and is committed to making physician, patient and employee satisfaction a high priority” Board Chairman Stephen Kenny. “Quorum Health Resources conducted a national search for this position, and worked closely with us to identify the right candidate for our hospital and community.”

Quorum hired Myra Evans as the hospital’s interim chief executive officer until Petersen’s permanent replacement could be found.

The San Andreas hospital, like Prosser’s, is in a public health district.

Marks was one of 37 candidates for the job, and said he’s excited about the opportunity at PMH Medical Center.

“I look forward to getting to know and working with the medical staff, employees and board, and becoming an active member of the

community,” Marks said. “From what I’ve seen already, this is a wonderful community which obviously cares about its local hospital.”



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