Experienced health care leader named chief executive of Providence Portland Medical Center

November 18, 2013

A Texas health care leader is bringing his belief in caring for the poor and vulnerable to Oregon to lead Providence Portland Medical Center. Paul Gaden will serve as chief executive of the 483-bed medical center with 3,100 employees and 1,200 medical staff members. 

“We are very excited about Paul joining Providence. He is an engaging leader who has an extensive background in health care,” said Theron Park, chief executive, delivery systems for Providence in Oregon. “Paul is committed to serving the poor and vulnerable with Providence, just as he has in his previous health care work experiences.” 

In addition to serving Providence Portland Medical Center, Gaden will provide operational leadership, management and direction to Providence facilities on the east side of its Oregon Region. Gaden will work with leaders at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center and Providence Milwaukie Hospital.

“I am honored to be joining the healing ministry of Providence Health & Services,” Gaden said. “Providence has a reputation for delivering exceptional, compassionate health care to those in need.”

Gaden has been serving as vice president and chief operating officer of CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi – Memorial and CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi – Shoreline. In that role he is responsible for two acute care hospitals totaling 898 beds. During his tenure, regional responsibilities included leading pharmacy, laboratory and laundry operations for the six-hospital health system region.

Prior to his work with CHRISTUS Spohn, Gaden held finance positions in a number of health systems as well as the defense industry.

Gaden said he was attracted to Providence because of his desire to continue serving in Catholic health care. His current work with CHRISTUS Spohn has similar mission and values as Providence – and a similar history. CHRISTUS Spohn is a ministry started by France’s Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in 1905 to care for the poor and underserved in Texas. The Sisters of Providence started in Canada, and brought their ministry to the Pacific Northwest in 1856.

“It is humbling to fill a role in an organization with a heritage that began more than 155 years ago with the Sisters of Providence – a ministry that continues today through caregivers who live the Mission daily,” said Gaden.

Gaden received his undergraduate degree in finance from Pennsylvania State University, Middleton, Pa. and his MBA from The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Va. He and his wife, Tina, have two daughters, Abagail and Hanna.

Gaden begins at Providence Portland Medical Center Jan. 6, 2014.