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PeaceHealth Leadership

Members of PeaceHealth’s Executive Leadership Team embrace a leadership model fully rooted in our Mission and Values and in our heritage as a Catholic health care ministry. This model guides our leaders in every aspect of their work and oversight responsibilities.  It challenges us to relentlessly pursue improvements in patient outcomes and service to patients and families while awakening joy, meaning and purpose in the human spirit.

 

Alan Yordy
President and Chief Mission Officer

Alan began his health care career in​ PeaceHealth's Oregon Region the early 1980s. He left in 1990 to join Samaritan Health Services in Oregon’s Linn and Benton Counties as CEO of Mid-Valley Healthcare. Alan returned to PeaceHealth in 1999 as Chief Executive Officer of the Oregon Region. He took on his current systemwide leadership role in 2005. Alan holds two master’s degrees from the University of Oregon, the most recent of which is a master’s in business administration. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Elaine Dunda
Senior Vice President for Clinical Value

Elaine joined PeaceHealth in 1975 as Director of Health Records, Medical Staff Services, Quality and Utilization Review at what was then Sacred Heart General Hospital in Eugene. She became an Assistant Administrator in 1982 and, in 1999, a Regional Vice President, where she served until being named to her current system-level position. Elaine has a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Oregon. She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

  

Stu Hennessey
General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs

Stu has served as PeaceHealth’s senior legal counsel since he joined the system in 1989. Previously he spent 11 years in a private law practice in Seattle following four years of service in the United States Navy. Stu received his JD degree from Columbia University Law School. He is a member of the Washington Bar Association.

 

 

Carol Aaron
Senior Vice President for Culture and People

Carol joined PeaceHealth in 2010.  Previously she was the Vice President of Labor and Employee Relations at the St. Joseph Health System in California, a Catholic-based system. Under her leadership, SJHS received the international Gallup Great Workplace Award three consecutive years for having highly engaged employees.  Carol has a master’s degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco.  Carol expresses it was the strong mission and core values of PeaceHealth that led her to this position.

 

Josiah “Sy” Johnson 
Chief Executive Officer/Chief Mission Officer, Columbia Network

Sy joined PeaceHealth in 2002 as the Chief Financial Officer for PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center. He has led the Columbia Network, which includes St. John and PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, since 2013. Prior to joining PeaceHealth, Sy was with the Seattle office of Arthur Anderson in Audit and Business Advisory Services. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Arizona, Tucson.

Howard Graman, MD 
Chief Executive Officer, PeaceHealth Medical Group

Howard Graman, MD, FACP, joined PeaceHealth in 2011 and is the executive and physician leader for PeaceHealth Medical Group.  His board certification is in Internal Medicine and he most recently served as Medical Director of Primary Care and Regional Medicine at the Roanoke, Virginia-based Carilion Clinic and as Professor of Medicine at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

  

Nancy Steiger 
Chief Executive Officer/Chief Mission Officer, Northwest Network

Nancy has led PeaceHealth’s operations in northwestern Washington since 2007. Previously she spent five years as CEO of San Mateo Medical Center following service as COO at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital/St. Joseph Health System, both in northern California. She received her master’s degree in nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. Nancy is the author of Self-Care Nursing: Theory and Practice.

Kevin Walstrom
Chief Financial Officer/Senior Vice President

Kevin rejoined PeaceHealth in 2010 after previously working for the organization from 1987 through 2001. In 1998 he left to assume the CFO duties for Providence’s Holy Family Hospital and later grew to provide the financial management of Providence’s largest service area and its flagship hospital, Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital, in Spokane, Washington. His expertise and mission-driven financial leadership have helped to build two of the strongest faith-based regional health systems in our country.

 

 

John Hill
Chief Executive Officer/Chief Mission Officer, Oregon West Network

John joined PeaceHealth in June 2012 as CEO of the Oregon Region. Since 2007, John served as the CEO of The Medical Center of Aurora and Centennial Medical Plaza, located near Denver, Colorado. During that time, the hospital received recognition for innovation, effectiveness, and the quality of its care, including the Colorado Performance Excellence Award, and the 2008 American Nurses Association’s Magnet recognitions. Prior to TMCA, John worked as the COO at Medical City Dallas hospital, a 704-bed tertiary acute-care facility. In 2010 he was named to Modern Healthcare’s Up and Comers list of future healthcare leaders.

John has oversight of the operations at PeaceHealth Cottage Grove Community Hospital and PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Hospital, in addition to two PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center campuses.

 

Ryan D. Ball
Chief Information Officer/Senior Vice President, Knowledge & Information

Ryan Ball is a Certified Health Care Chief Information Officer with extensive leadership experience in health care information technology.

He was most recently Associate Chief Information Officer of the 15-hospital Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, Texas. Joining PeaceHealth marks a return to the Pacific Northwest for Ball. Prior to his position with the Baylor Health Care System, Ball was Senior Program Manager for Clinical Services Applications with the Providence Health Care System in Portland. He has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia Southern University in Alabama.
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