March 01, 2013

After serving the community for seven years as chief executive of Providence Health & Services in Southern Oregon, Tom Hanenburg left his post on March 15 to take on new challenges in California as the senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Permanente in the Greater Southern Alameda County area.

With Hanenburg at the helm, Providence Health & Services in southern Oregon has grown significantly to include Providence Medford Medical Center, a 168-bed level three trauma hospital, TeleStroke services, a state of the art cardiac catheterization laboratory, four imaging facilities and six outpatient rehabilitation clinics.

Hanenburg’s leadership has also resulted in Providence Health Plan growth, as well as the doubling of Providence Medical Group providers in the southern Oregon service area from six to 12 primary care and specialty clinics. In addition, community support services have expanded to include Providence Home Services, the Diabetes Education Center, and Swindells Learning Center for children with special needs. These interrelated services make Providence the most established and connected health care system in southern Oregon and a member of the largest health care system in the Northwest.

“All aspects of our quality metrics have improved, and Providence Health & Services is running well and having a dynamic impact in southern Oregon,” Hanenburg said.

Exceeding the Oregon Patient Safety Commission’s 2012 reporting targets and reducing the rate of early elective births by 61 percent are just two examples of Hanenburg’s leadership and the executive strategy that he and his team have in place. “Providence is deeply committed to patient safety and is proud to participate in the “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait” program sponsored by the March of Dimes and the Oregon Health Leadership Council,” Hanenburg said.

Hanenburg said that the decision to take on a new challenge with Kaiser was difficult for him and his family because southern Oregon has provided great personal and professional growth as well as many lasting friendships. However, he said the timing of the move is right because Providence’s leadership and management staff have exceptional ability to execute the strategy he and his team have in place.

“Tom has been an outstanding leader, not only serving as chief executive in Medford for the past seven years but also for his significant leadership and work across the Oregon Region and with the system office,” said Dave Underriner, chief operations officer for the Oregon Region. “We will miss the passion and commitment he brought to the southern Oregon ministry.”