City Councilwoman Lisa Jensen will chair the new UW Medicine/Valley Medical Center alliance board, UW Medicine CEO Paul Ramsey announced at the end of June.
The new board held its first meeting July 18 at Valley Medical Center, 400 S. 43rd Street in Renton.
Ramsey chose Jensen as one of his two appointments to the 13-member board, and her duties as chairwoman will last for one year. The board also includes five appointed members from UW Medicine, the five Valley Medical Center commissioners and Ramsey's designee.
The board will oversee strategic decisions, business operations, and hiring and firing of the Valley Medical Center CEO. It will not replace the Valley Medical Center Board of Commissioners.
Jensen serves on the Harborview Medical Center board of directors.
"It's an honor, first of all," Jensen said. "I wasn't surprised to be asked to be on the board. I was a little surprised to be asked to be the chair of the board."
She said her knowledge of health care and public policy prepared her well for the task.