Renée K. Jensen – Chief Executive Officer
Renée Jensen has more than 20 years in healthcare leadership within Washington State and deep community roots in Skykomish Valley. She most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer with EvergreenHealth. Previously, Jensen led Summit Pacific Medical Center for more than ten years as their Chief Executive Officer and Superintendent, while executing a successful financial turnaround, construction of a brand new hospital, new medical clinic and implementing framework for a community-focused wellness center.
Jensen is known as an innovative, transparent leader who engages with the community to bring transformational healthcare to the communities she serves. She is a member of the Washington State Hospital Association strategic planning committee and actively involved in many community-based service organizations.
Kimberly Witkop – Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Witkop received her medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine Six-Year combined BA-MD program in 1991 where she was also inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honors medical society. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center in 1994 then joined their clinic system for several years prior to re-locating to El Paso, TX for a brief service with the US Department of Defense. While in El Paso, Dr. Witkop was presented with the unique, two-year opportunity of teaching in the Internal Medicine and in the OB-GYN training programs of both Beaumont Army Medical Center and Texas Tech University. At the conclusion of this experience she returned to her hometown of Branson, MO, to establish a private practice which grew to over 4,000 patients; while there she also served several roles in the medical staff leadership of their 175-bed regional medical center and as Medical Director for a local hospice.
Dr. Witkop joined King County Public Hospital District #4 in May 2004 in response to the Board of Commissioners desire to grow and expand the local services of Snoqualmie Valley Hospital (SVH). Her prior experiences establishing and managing her own practice, assisting in leading two different large organizations through change, and being trained in an environment of excellence well-positioned her for the challenges growing SVH to its current scope of services for both local and regional patients.
In her role as a physician, Dr. Witkop enjoys the wide diversity of health issues represented within the field of Internal Medicine. In her leadership role she enjoys balancing organizational dynamics with the growth of individuals within the organization. Dr. Witkop and her husband, Lester Craven, spend time outside of work involved with their church, traveling, kayaking and enjoying time with their three children.
Karyn Denton, MBA, RN
Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer
Karyn Denton rejoined the District as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer in June 2019, having served as a member of the executive team in 2008-2010. She has 30 years of operational and nursing leadership experience having worked in several healthcare organizations in the Puget Sound region. Ms. Denton has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Washington, and a MBA from Jones University. Ms. Denton resides in North Bend with her family and enjoys a variety of recreational activities in the area.
Patrick Ritter – Chief Financial Officer and Revenue Cycle Director
Patrick Ritter became the Chief financial Officer in December 2019. He has over 20 years in healthcare and leadership experience working in several organizations within the Snoqualmie Valley. He joined the District September 1, 2004 as Clinic Billing Manager and became Revenue Cycle Director in May 2014. Mr. Ritter has a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Operations Management from the University of Washington and a MBA in Healthcare Management from Western Governors University. Mr. Ritter resides in Snoqualmie with his wife Tricia and two daughters. Mr. Ritter currently serves as a board member for Summit Classical Christian School, Fall City, WA. He and his wife also enjoy serving in mission work in Honduras, traveling, and spending time with their children.