Dr. Amy E. Beiter, who most recently served as president and CEO for Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson, Arizona, has been selected CEO of Kirkland-based EvergreenHealth, the company recently announced.
The appointment comes after current EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte announced this spring that he planned to retire and a four-month national search by the EvergreenHealth Board of Commissioners.
Beiter has 25 years of experience in the health care field as a leader in both clinical and administrative capacities. At Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital, a 400-bed acute-care hospital within the comprehensive Carondelet Health Network, she led strategic initiatives resulting in significant transformation and growth. Under Beiter’s leadership, the hospital evolved from a community hospital to a tertiary care hospital providing expanded, increasingly complex services to the Tucson community.
“Dr. Beiter is a proven, exceptional leader with an impressive career dedicated to serving her community through the development and expansion of services and programs, designed to meet the needs and advance the health of its residents,” said Al DeYoung, chair of EvergreenHealth’s Board of Commissioners. “This experience will advance a progressive vision for the future of EvergreenHealth and will help us continue to meet the needs of our growing community here in the Puget Sound region.”
While at Carondelet, Beiter was integral to a successful transition in hospital ownership, stabilized operations to achieve financial growth, and expanded the complexity of services provided. During the ownership transition, Beiter achieved a reduction in turnover rates, retention of management staff and strengthened the organization’s culture to increase physician and employee engagement scores.
Beiter previously held several other clinical leadership positions, including a four-year tenure as chief medical officer at Carondelet St. Mary’s.
After completing a combined internal medicine and pediatric residency, Beiter practiced both specialties in inpatient and outpatient settings for many years. She subsequently became a hospitalist and eventually served as her group’s lead physician. She was named among an esteemed list of Most Influential Women by Arizona Business, and Becker’s Hospital Review has recognized her as a “Physician Leaders of Hospital and Health Systems to Know” and as a “Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.”
Beiter earned a bachelor of science degree at Purdue University and attended medical school at Indiana University, where she received her medical degree. She also holds a master’s in business administration from the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management.
She and her family are in the process of relocating to the Pacific Northwest and she is expected to officially join EvergreenHealth on August 22. Malte will remain with the organization until the transition is complete and will stay on in an advisory capacity through March 2019.