Scott W. Bosch, MHA, FACHE
President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Scott W. Bosch took the helm of Harrison Medical Center as president and CEO in November 2004, launching Vision 2010, a bold commitment to make Harrison the best medical center in the region.
With a long history of civic service, Bosch quickly immersed himself in the Kitsap community, serving many organizations including the Bremerton Rotary and the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce. He served as chair-elect for the Washington State Hospital Association, and moved into the chair position in October 2011.
Among his 32 years of experience in healthcare administration, he served as president of Banner Health’s Colorado region, where he oversaw nine hospitals in four states. Prior to Banner, he spent 13 years with the nonprofit Munson Healthcare System in Michigan.
Bosch earned an undergraduate degree at University of Michigan and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Bosch’s wife, Gail, is a pharmacist who specializes in geriatrics and cognitive disorders. They have three grown sons.
Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative & Operating Officer (CAO)
Adar Palis joined Harrison in 2002 as a network engineer. He was named chief information officer in 2005-the organization's youngest executive at age 27.
Palis quickly initiated changes of real significance, such as establishing a more customer-focused IT department; building a state-of-the-art data center; installing a new network infrastructure to include remote campuses digitizing X-rays, and rolling out free wireless Internet access across all Harrison's campuses. Harrison was among the first hospitals in Western Washington to do so. In addition to currently managing eight operational divisions, Palis is the driving force behind Harrison's three-year endeavor to implement a $30.5 million electronic medical record.
Palis earned a master's degree in information technology management at Seattle Pacific University, Magna Cum Laude, and a bachelor's degree in business administration and information systems at the University of Washington. He currently holds six Microsoft technical certifications.
In 2005, Palis was named to the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal's 40 Under Forty group of vital young community leaders.
In 2011, Palis was named one of the "Rising Stars: 25 Healthcare Leaders Under Age 40" and earned a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.
Patty Cochrell, RN, MBA, NE-BC
Senior Vice President, Quality, Operations & Chief Nursing Officer
Patty Cochrell is leading the organization in building a culture of evidence-based practice and shared governance in work toward magnet hospital status. Her vision of shared governance is "an environment which promotes professional autonomy and collaborative decision making supported by evidence-based practice."
Prior to becoming executive vice president and chief operations officer, Cochrell was Harrison's chief nursing officer and vice president of operations. She has been employed at Harrison for the last three years, after spending nine years as a senior consultant with a national healthcare consulting firm. In that role, she worked with more than 50 healthcare organizations on nursing care delivery models, interim nursing leadership and productivity enhancements.
Prior to her consulting role, Cochrell spent 18 years at Harrison, beginning as a staff nurse in critical care and rising through the leadership ranks to become director for Medical Surgical Services.
Forrest G. Ehlinger, CPA
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Forrest Ehlinger joined Harrison’s staff in November 2010. He leads the financial policies, practices, and supporting activities to accomplish the organization’s financial strategies. He provides operational leadership to the departments of Finance, Patient Financial Services, Health Information Management, Supply Chain, and Social Work.
With more than 20 years of healthcare industry experience, Ehlinger draws on a proven record of strategic, operational, and financial accomplishments. Prior to joining Harrison, he worked for a total of 18 years at Tacoma’s MultiCare Health System in Financial Services, nine of those as vice president of Finance. His previous experience also includes work with Regence BlueShield and First Choice Health Network.
Ehlinger received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Gonzaga University in Spokane and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington in Tacoma.
Mariel S. Kagan, JD, MSN, RN
Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel
Mariel Kagan is an experienced Attorney and Nurse who brings extensive experience in health care law to Harrison Medical Center. Prior to joining the Medical Center in June 2005, Kagan’s seventeen years of legal experience included the practice of law at a major New York City Law Firm; creating, designing and operating the legal, risk management and compliance divisions at a major metropolitan university affiliated trauma center and a regional health care system; and working as a member of the legal team at a multi-state healthcare corporation.
Kagan’s responsibilities at Harrison include operational management of the offices of legal services, risk management, corporate compliance, and HIPAA privacy. Ms. Kagan is responsible for oversight of all legal services, including litigation management and strategy, contracts and agreements, employment practices, acquisitions, physician practice management support, corporate compliance, and risk management. In addition to her role as Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, she also serves as Compliance Officer.
Kagan earned a Juris Doctor in Law, a Masters Degree in Nursing, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She holds national certification with the American Academy of Medical Management as a Certified Medical Staff Recruiter. She has served as a faculty member, adjunct professor and guest lecturer at colleges and universities across the country.