Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer (COO)
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.
Rear Admiral Michael H. Anderson, MD, (ret.)
Senior Vice President, Quality & Chief Medical Officer (CMO)
Michael Anderson, MD, has tremendous capabilities in bringing together diverse medical systems in ways that transform quality and access to care. Most recently, Dr. Anderson served as the Medical Officer to the Marine Corps, and Director, Health Services, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps. Dr. Anderson has championed a transformational relationship with the Department of Veterans Affairs that established a new form of joint healthcare delivery. He also established new clinical standards for garrison healthcare within the Navy’s operational forces and later served as the Navy’s Medical Inspector General. Dr. Anderson is a member of the American Academy of Family Practitioners (AAFP).
Dr. Anderson received his degree in medicine in May 1983 from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, School of Medicine in Bethesda, Md., and a bachelor’s degree with a major in biology from the University of California, San Diego. He completed his family practice internship at the Naval Regional Medical Center, Camp Pendleton.
Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)
Ms. Rasmussen most recently served as Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Providence Centralia Hospital, in Centralia, Washington. While there, she led interdisciplinary teams focused on developing coordination of care programs across the patient care continuum, from doctor’s office to hospital, and through post-discharge care planning.
Ms. Rasmussen is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Organization of Nurse Executives.
Jeanell Rasmussen received her Master’s in Nursing degree in June 2011 from the University of Washington, Tacoma. She also holds a Master’s in Organizational Leadership degree and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources from Chapman University.