Providence Oregon Chief Executive Greg Van Pelt to retire

February 08, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore. — After 38 years with Providence Health & Services, Greg Van Pelt, Providence’s Oregon chief executive, is announcing his retirement.

Well known for his collaborative leadership and support for community health services, Van Pelt has spent the past three years leading Providence in Oregon through unprecedented change in health care reform. “As one ministry committed to excellence, the path is clear for Providence, and Oregon is well on the way in its transformation journey,” says Van Pelt.

Van Pelt began with Providence as an administrative intern at Providence St. Vincent. From there, his accomplishments are many. Within Providence, Van Pelt served as administrator of Providence St. Vincent; he led Providence Health Plan during significant growth; he brought in two new Providence hospitals in Seaside and Newberg; he worked with leaders to develop obstetric services at Providence Portland and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Providence St. Vincent; and he was the founding chair of the Ministry Leadership Center, a national model dedicated to preserving the heritage of Catholic health care through ongoing leadership formation. Van Pelt spent nine years as an executive at Providence ministries in Washington, including leading health care operations as senior vice president for the Providence health system, before returning to Oregon as chief executive.

Within the community, Van Pelt was instrumental in starting Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center for the poor and underserved. He worked with health providers to create Healthy Start, a maternity care program, and was the founding chair of VHA Pacific Northwest. He also has served on dozens of boards, was a member of Governor Kitzhaber’s health care transformation work group, a board member of the Oregon Health Leadership Council and chair of its Oregon Health Plan redesign and financial sustainability work group. He has been an integral leader in support of Oregon health care reform, including development of Health Share of Oregon CCO, with a goal to expand access to health services for hundreds of thousands of Oregonians.

“Greg has been successful because he has kept our Mission and values at the core of everything he does, during good economic times and challenging times,” said Providence Health & Services President John Koster, M.D. “I am grateful to Greg for his friendship and years of dedicated service to our Mission.”

Reflecting on his career, Van Pelt points to the Sisters of Providence, who shaped him as a person and wove the fiber that defines his family. He lauds his mentors and peers who have served with him, as well as the thousands of Providence colleagues who live Providence’s Mission every day. “I have been blessed that the hand of Providence led us here, held us and supported us for 38 years, almost the entirety of my professional life,” says Van Pelt. He and his wife, Joan, plan to continue their support of and involvement in the Providence ministry.

Van Pelt will remain in his role through June or until a successor is named.