PeaceHealth announces October leadership change

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New Chief Administrative Officer Hawkins will begin on Oct. 30 as Yecny retires

PeaceHealth Florence has announced the hiring of a new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for Peace Harbor Medical Center.

Jason Hawkins will take over for current CAO Rick Yecny on Oct. 30. This date will allow for a smooth transition to new leadership for PeaceHealth, as Yecny is due to retire later this year.

Jason Hawkins/ courtesy photo

A statement provided to the media by Rand O’Leary, Chief Executive of PeaceHealth Oregon, touted the qualifications and experience of the new CAO.

“We are very happy to announce that Jason Hawkins will be joining our PeaceHealth Oregon community as CAO for Peace Harbor Medical Center in Florence. ... Jason has nearly 30 years of proven and diverse experience in the healthcare industry — most of which has been in leadership positions with a focus on operations and finance,” O’Leary said. “He has extensive experience in the development of long-range vision planning for rural health systems and their communities, while netting a proven track record of successful fiscal performance and quality ratings.”

Most recently, Hawkins served as Chief Executive Officer for Fulton County Medical Center in McConnellsburg, Pa.

In that role, Hawkins was responsible for overall planning and operations for the hospital facility and physician services recruitment, strategic planning and leadership development.

O’Leary said, “Also important to note is Jason’s strong ability to recruit physicians and leaders to rural communities.”

Hawkins has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's in business administration from Bloomsburg University.

He considers himself an outdoor enthusiast, especially enjoying boating, fishing and hiking with his wife Deann.

 The couple has three children, one of whom is currently a student at the University of Oregon.

O’Leary also acknowledged the efforts of outgoing CAO Yecny.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude for Rick and his tireless dedication to serving Peace Harbor’s CAO,” O’Leary said. “Thank you for your compassionate leadership and commitment to PeaceHealth and our mission.”

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