Interim CEO Begins Turnaround Work at WhidbeyHealth

Interim CEO Begins Turnaround Work at WhidbeyHealth


March 7, 2022

Whidbey Island Public Hospital District (WhidbeyHealth) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Layfield as Interim CEO. Layfield, positioned by HealthTechS3, the district’s partnered management services provider, will guide the district’s needed financial turnaround to ensure the sustainability of healthcare on Whidbey Island.

Layfield, a seasoned hospital CEO, has spent the last 15 years working in small-town, 25-bed critical access hospitals. He is a leader who champions innovation and health reform, leading multiple hospital turnarounds. Mr. Layfield earned his B.S. in Management from Columbus State University and is a graduate of Duke University’s Health Management Improvement Program.

“The Board and I are confident that HealthTechS3 is the right partnership to help turn around the district’s financial position,” remarked Ron Wallin, hospital district Board President. “[HealthTechS3 and Layfield] have a track record of successfully integrating critical access health care systems, while ensuring strategic goals and patient experience needs are met.”

HealthTechS3 Management was selected as the district’s partnered management services provider at the February 23, 2022 Board Meeting. The WhidbeyHealth Board of Commissioners made the selection in collaboration with WhidbeyHealth finance, plant & infrastructure, and nursing leadership, as well as representation from the Medical Staff.