CEO Tom Russell: Patient Need Advocate at Adventist Medical Center

Tom Russell was named president and CEO of Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Ore., in 2008. He also oversees the network of Adventist Health services throughout the Portland area.

Though he took the helm in 2008, Mr. Russell has been with Adventist Medical Center for about 20 years. Prior to becoming president and CEO of the hospital, Mr. Russell served as senior vice president. In that role, Mr. Russell was in charge of facility planning, managed care strategy and health plan negotiations.

Mr. Russell has also served as president of Healthcare Resources Northwest, a subsidiary of AMC that works to deliver solutions for integrated health and wellness.

In 2012, Mr. Russell was one of 52 leaders to receive the Grassroots Champion Award from the American Hospital Association. The award recognizes Mr. Russell for the impact he has had advocating for patients' needs to government officials. He advocates for patient-centered healthcare on corporate and community committees. Mr. Russell was the only leader from Oregon to receive the award in 2012.

In addition to his duties leading AMC, Mr. Russell serves as a member of the Health Policy Committee for the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. Additionally, Mr. Russell is a member of the governing board of Health Share of Oregon and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Mr. Russell earned an MBA from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn.

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