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PRESS RELEASE: Corrections Appoints New Assistant Secretary for Health Services Division

Released September 18, 2020

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Assistant Secretary for Health Services Daniel Johnson

TUMWATER – The Washington State Department of Corrections has named Daniel S. Johnson as the Assistant Secretary for Health Services, effective September 21, 2020.

Johnson has served in health care administration for more than 25 years, mostly in the not-for-profit hospital integrated sector. He was the chief operating officer for Providence Medical Group in Olympia from 2012 through 2019, during which time, the medical group more than doubled in size from approximately 140 providers to almost 300, greatly increasing primary and specialty care access and quality throughout Southwest Washington.

“I look forward to bringing Dan’s private-sector, non-profit hospital management experience to lead this vital team of professionals at the Department of Corrections,” said Corrections Secretary Stephen Sinclair.

“We have a strong team of doctors, nurses and clinical staff and a wealth of experience in Corrections' health services management, all dedicated to providing quality care,” he said “I have every confidence that Dan’s fresh perspective and leadership will help us continue to drive our work to continuously improve the care we provide to those incarcerated at our facilities.”

Johnson takes the helm from Deputy Secretary Julie Martin, who had been managing the division in an interim role, succeeding previous Assistant Secretary for Health Services Mary Jo Currey, who left the position in March 2020 for a new role within the agency.

Johnson says he’s looking forward to joining his new team and helping provide care to those the department serves.

“Caring for our state’s incarcerated population is a great honor and responsibility,” Johnson said.