After more than 16 years as CEO of Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS), Tom Fritz today announced he will retire at the end of the year.
“I’ve had the privilege of working with many talented and committed employees, board members and community partners,” said Fritz. “This has been a rewarding experience, and I could not think of a better organization to spend the majority of my career in.”
Under Fritz’s leadership, the non-profit organization extended its reach and customer base and has become one of the largest employers in Spokane County with more than 1000 employees. What once operated in the red, INHS achieved 2013 gross revenues of more than $200 million, signifying Fritz’s visionary leadership and commitment to excellence when he came to INHS in 1998.
“Tom has led INHS with a strong conviction of doing what is right for the customer, the patient and the community,” said Ron Wells, INHS board chair. “His commitment to quality, collaboration and innovation has propelled the organization and positions INHS to continue to be a significant community asset for the region into the future.”
Fritz’s visionary leadership helped position the Spokane community as a national role model in health information technology, receiving national recognition, and successfully vying for federal grants and contracts over the past decade. INHS customers and the services of INHS were also consistently recognized for their achievements.
Active locally, regionally and nationally, Fritz served on many boards including chairing Greater Spokane Incorporated, Spokane Area Economic Development Council and Spokane Workforce Development Council. He will remain involved in the Spokane community and region.
INHS was formed in 1994 as a collaboration between Providence’s Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital, and the previous owner of Deaconess and Valley Hospitals – Empire Health Service. A series of governance model changes occurred following the purchase of Deaconess and Valley hospitals by Tennessee-based Community Health Systems resulting in a shift in membership to Empire Health Foundation. In December 2013, INHS, Empire Health Foundation and Providence Health Care agreed to more closely align the services of INHS within Providence to provide the best care and solutions for all patients and customers. “Providence has been a strong partner for the last 20 years,” Fritz said. “Through this integration process, we will strengthen the services of INHS for the benefit of the communities we serve.”
“Tom is to be commended for his years of service and commitment to the mission of INHS and the greater Spokane region,” stated Elaine Couture, chief executive for Providence Health Care and member of the INHS Board. “Providence is committed to supporting that mission and making these vital services available to all hospitals, providers and patients throughout the region.”
“I thank all who supported our organization over the years and for placing their trust in me as their CEO,” Fritz added. “It’s because of our employees’ dedication to our mission and serving the people in the region that makes INHS the success it is today and in the future.”
While the INHS Board and Providence Health Care leadership evaluate the CEO position and determine next steps, the INHS executive team will continue to be responsible for the day-to-day operations of their respective divisions with INHS.
Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS) is a non-profit corporation in Spokane, Wash. providing collaboration in health care services on behalf of the community and its member organization, Providence Health Care. INHS includes St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Northwest MedStar, Community Wellness, Health Training, Northwest TeleHealth, COHE Community of Eastern Washington and Information Resource Management (IRM). For more information on INHS visit us on:
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