Leadership transitions and opportunities

Portrait of Dave Underriner

Dave Underriner
Chief executive, Oregion Region

April 16, 2013

I am honored to begin my work as chief executive for our ministry in Oregon. As you know, leadership changes continue across our ministry. We recently received an update from our new president, Dr. Rod Hochman, who outlines some of his plans to support our important work.
I’m taking the opportunity to also let you know about some of the leadership roles within the Oregon Region. We are replacing four senior leadership roles:

  • Chief executive, delivery system, Oregon Region (redefining my previous position)
  • Chief executive, physicians and clinical services (replacing Craig Wright, M.D., who now leads our system medical group)
  • Chief executive, Southern Oregon Service Area (replacing Tom Hanenburg)
  • Chief operating officer, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center (replacing Alex Jackson)

We're also asking some of our leaders to assume some interim responsibilities while we fill positions, and also there are some reporting changes during this time of transition:

  • The chief executives of Providence Medical Group and clinical research will report to me (excluding specialists).
  • To bring alignment in support of our strategies, we are asking Doug Walta, M.D., to oversee PMG specialty physician practices and our clinical programs; Doug Walta will report to me.
  • Oversight of pharmacy, regional nursing, quality, graduate medical education, community health and Home and Community Services will go to Doug Koekkoek, M.D., who will report to me.
  • Theresa Edmonson, senior director of Mission and spiritual leadership, will report to Tim Serban, chief Mission officer.

Other responsibilities previously under Dr. Wright will move on an interim basis to the following leaders:

  • Reduce-cost work – James Arp
  • Our new Connect product (lower cost/narrow network in support of health reform) – James Harker
  • Medicaid strategy to support expanded services – Shelly Handkins
  • Ensuring we meet our per-member/per-month goals to achieve affordability – Ben LeBlanc, M.D.
  • Medicare five-star work – Ben LeBlanc, M.D.
  • Medicare Advantage across the delivery system, e.g. quality, access, services – Joe Siemienczuk, M.D.
  • Congestive heart failure steering committee – Dan Oseran, M.D.
  • Clinical Transformation Council – Jack Friedman and Doug Walta, M.D.

Two other notes: You’ll see in the note from Rod Hochman that Jack Friedman will report directly to President of Operations and Services Mike Butler. Jack will remain CEO of Providence Health Plan, and also will have an expanded role as senior vice president for accountable care and payor relations, helping ministries across our system prepare for more accountable care in this era of health reform.
Also, after talking with Lora Keenan and Theresa Jones, we’ve decided they will continue to support their executives, with the exception that Lora will now provide support to me, and Theresa will support my replacement.

I’ll be sure to continue providing updates as information is available. In the meantime, many thanks to everyone who is taking on these interim responsibilities or reporting relationships. I think the one thing we can all get used to is continued change in health care and our ministry. This is an exciting time, and I am confident that by working together, we will continue our Mission of caring for those we serve.​