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Palis named to Becker’s leader list

Adair PalisAdair Palis, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Harrison Medical Center, was selected as one of 25 national healthcare leaders under the age of 40 by Becker’s Hospital Review.

The “Rising Stars: 25 Healthcare Leaders Under Age 40” is one of several leader lists compiled by Becker’s. The list is a sampling of noteworthy industry leaders and is developed based on nominations and editorial research.

Palis, who has been with Harrison since 2002, served as chief information officer from 2005 to 2010, becoming the youngest executive at Harrison.

In his expanded role as the chief administrative officer for the past year, he continues to oversee IT operations while also being involved with three service lines and the physicians’ employment group.

“I’ve been spending a lot of time with our physicians’ group and the service lines, which is very clinical (compared to IT) — that’s been very exciting,” he said.

As the CIO, Palis, 33, was the driving force behind Harrison’s three-year, $30.5 million effort to implement an electronic health record system, along with the creation of a state-of-the-art data center and a new network infrastructure. He was on Becker’s Rising Stars list in 2010 as well.

Palis has been working in health care since he was 16, when he started a part-time job in the IT department at Valley Medical Center. But his connection with the hospital system goes even further — when he was young, he spent many hours at a hospital visiting his older brother, who had a kidney disease.

“I grew up at Children’s Hospital,” he said, adding that both his parents have since become kidney donors, as did Palis himself.

In addition to having a master’s degree in information technology management, Palis has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and information systems as well as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification. He was one of Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty community leaders in 2005.

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