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Providence Shuffles Spokane Leadership

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Providence Health & Services (PH&S) announced today that Andrew Agwunobi, MD, chief executive, Providence Health Care Eastern Washington Region (PHC), has accepted a new position with Providence Health & Services in Renton, WA as Vice President, Special Projects.

Mike Wilson, a long-time Spokane resident and former chief executive of Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital, has agreed to serve as interim chief executive of PHC during the transition period and search for a permanent leadership replacement.

In his new role as Vice President Special Projects, Agwunobi will assist senior leadership in understanding emerging health care trends, best practices, and future challenges and opportunities. In addition, as a special consultant to senior Providence Health & Services leaders, he will support Providence's continued physician leadership development efforts throughout the System.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at PHC and in Spokane, but moving into a system VP role will allow me the opportunity to leverage my abilities around such critical issues as physician leadership development and integration throughout the PH&S five-state system," said Agwunobi. "I know PHC will be in good hands under Mike Wilson's leadership as we embark on the search for a new leader here in Eastern Washington."

While Agwunobi and Wilson will transition over the next 30 days, leadership accountabilities immediately shift to Wilson, who begins his interim role starting June 2.

"We are thankful that in his time as chief executive of PHC, Andy has successfully integrated diverse ministries across the region, restructured and developed the physician organization, and has developed a new PHC leadership structure," said Mike Reilly, PHC board chairman.

"Mike Wilson has been part of the Providence family for nearly 30 years, and we're looking forward to his leadership during this transition," added Reilly.

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