PeaceHealth works to transform care delivery with new executives

Vancouver, Wash.-based PeaceHealth has been highly active in recruiting healthcare executives.

In May, Victoria King, RN, MSN, joined PeaceHealth as its first systemwide CNO.

In November, PeaceHealth welcomed Liz Dunne as its new president and CEO. Ms. Dunne succeeded president and chief mission officer Alan Yordy, who retired in June.

The system was also able to recruit Mark Adams, MD, a board-certified general and vascular surgeon, as its new systemwide CMO.

Carol Aaron, senior vice president of culture and people and chief human resources officer for PeaceHealth, says these recruitments come as the system, with locations in Washington, Oregon and Alaska, is positioning and structuring itself to move to integrated networks to serve its communities.

"We're looking at the structures, the roles and the competencies for the delivery of care in a new, forward-thinking way in the community in different access points," she says.

For instance, after joining PeaceHealth in March, Dr. Adams will focus on strategies for clinical care, quality, safety and patient experience. Ms. King focuses on standards of care, care delivery and the whole care model at PeaceHealth.

As for Ms. Dunne, she has a great vision toward community health and population health, given her experience working in nonprofit and Catholic systems, says Ms. Aaron.

And PeaceHealth is currently looking at how it will continue to support its relationships with health plans and other payers following news that Cynthia Finter, senior vice president of payer strategy, innovation and operations, will be leaving PeaceHealth to return to her consulting business. Her last day will be Feb. 29.

In addition to moving toward integrated networks, Ms. Aaron says PeaceHealth has an aging workforce, so employees have retired, leaving vacancies that need to be filled.

Whatever the reason for bringing in somebody new, the system has looked to multiple areas of the country for recruiting. Prior to joining PeaceHealth, Ms. Dunne was community CEO for Renton, Wash.-based Providence Health & Services in South Bay, Calif., and Ms. King was CNO of Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston. Dr. Adams is currently community CMO of CHI Franciscan Health in Tacoma, Wash.

Moving forward, Ms. Aaron said PeaceHealth will continue to be innovative and creative in the leaders it selects. 

"It is a very dynamic time for us. It's a great opportunity on how to engage in creating high-quality healthcare," she says.

Ms. Aaron adds, "We're a mission-based, community-based delivery system that has always been changing. This is our legacy of change, today, tomorrow, the next day and into our future. That's what keeps PeaceHealth a vibrant organization."


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