Meet Mr. Tom Tomasino

Congratulations to Tom Tomasino, recently appointed as CEO of Whidbey General Hospital, one of our nine member facilities. Tom had served as interim CEO while their Board of Directors sought to fill the vacant position, and they have determined they need look no further. Following is a piece appearing in the hospital’s newsletter, “Pulse,” which offers more in-depth information on Tom’s background as well as his excellent fit for the hospital’s needs. Thanks to Trish Rose, who authored the piece.

Tom Tomasino of Coupeville, Washington, has been named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Whidbey General Hospital (WGH) after a national search that included more than 30 candidate resumes. Tom will also serve as administrator of Whidbey Island Public Hospital District, which operates WGH, its clinics and other offsite services. Tom first came to our community in 1975 where he met his wife, Katie. He worked in Electronic Countermeasures at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. He was based in Oak Harbor, both as a military member and civilian contractor for the United States Navy until 1996. Tom’s love for this community and desire to do meaningful work here led to his first appointment at Whidbey General Hospital in 2000. He was recruited by McKesson Information Systems (IS), the hospital IS contractor, where he was instrumental in establishing an IS strategic plan by working with administration and assessing hospital data needs.

In 2002, administration recognized Tom’s skills and leadership ability. He was recruited away from McKesson to be the hospital’s Chief Information Officer. This assistant administrator position had oversight responsibilities for both clinical and support departments such as Diagnostic Imaging, Laboratory, Rehabilitation Services, Pharmacy, Plant Operations, Environmental Services, Purchasing, Printing and Duplicating and Management Information Systems.

In 2007, he was again promoted, this time to Chief Operating Officer (COO). As the CEO’s right hand person, Tom was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the hospital. He also assumed additional departmental oversight responsibilities adding; Human Resources, Medical Ambulatory Care, Central Services, and Emergency Medical Services. Early in 2008, Tom’s oversight role was expanded to include the final remaining departments of the hospital, Nursing and Financial Operations. In September of that same year, upon the resignation of Hospital Administrator Scott Rhine, Tom stepped up to assume the role of interim CEO, while maintaining his responsibilities as the COO.

Upon completion of a national CEO search by our Hospital Board of Commissioners, it was unanimously decided that Tom had the courage, leadership, and support, both internally and externally, to successfully fill the position and take our Public Hospital District forward. As CEO, Tom has the overall responsibility for patient care, employee safety and hospital operations, to include physician relations and physician recruitment. He has already made great strides in this area by recruiting a new General Surgeon to the Whidbey General Hospital medical staff.

The current climate of financial recession and healthcare reform will be difficult waters to navigate. WGH looks forward to his decisive and forthright leadership style as he continues to tackle the tough issues facing all hospitals today; safety, quality, physician recruitment, and strengthening the bottom line so that Whidbey General Hospital can continue to provide “Healthcare Excellence, Close to Home”.