Providence announces new geriatrics medical director for Oregon

September 11, 2014

Marian Hodges, M.D., has accepted the position of the Bain Chair of Geriatric Medicine and regional medical director for geriatrics for Providence in Oregon. Dr. Hodges will continue her part-time practice with Providence Medical Group-Northeast where she sees primarily older patients.

“Providence recognized the need for this position, given the rapid growth in the number of older adults and their unique needs and characteristics which requires special attention, services, and care,” says James Arp, chief executive, home & community services for Providence in Oregon. “Dr. Hodges will provide expertise and strategic direction to compliment the coordination of care planning across our services and clinical programs.”

Providence already offers a network of services for older adults, including hospitals, clinics, home-based care and long-term care. This focus will help Providence meet its objectives to improve independence and quality of life, and fulfill its Mission by better serving this vulnerable group.

Dr. Hodges joined Providence in 1992 as assistant director of medical education at Providence Portland Medical Center. She has led educational programs in geriatric medicine, medical ethics and palliative medicine. In 2005, she joined the staff of Providence Center for Health Care Ethics on a part-time basis as a physician-ethicist.

Dr. Hodges is past president of Providence Portland Medical Center’s medical staff, and has served on Providence’s Oregon Region Community Ministry Board. since 2001. Earlier this year, Dr. Hodges co-authored a book for families of persons with dementia called “Help is Here: When someone you love has dementia.”

In addition to her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, Dr. Hodges did her internal medicine residency at Oregon Health & Science University, and completed her geriatrics fellowship at Portland VA Medical Center and University of Washington.