The Harrison Medical Center Foundation, a part of CHI Franciscan Health, has named Barbara M. James as its new executive director.

In her new role, James’ primary focus will be to raise funds for the needs of Harrison Medical Center, including a campaign supporting the expansion of Harrison Medical Center’s Silverdale campus.

“Barbara will be a vital member of our Harrison Medical Center Foundation team,” said David Schultz, market president of the Peninsula Region. “We are excited that she has agreed to lead the Harrison Foundation team as we embark on a major fundraising campaign for the hospital.”

James has more than 25 years of experience leadership experience with both public and private organizations that have supported social and children’s services, education and health care. Most recently, she has been the Director of Philanthropy for the Franciscan Foundation, where she led $3.5 million capital campaign for an upgrade of the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.