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About Cottage Grove Community Medical Center


Oregon Regional Leadership Team

Members of the PeaceHealth Oregon 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.

 Todd Salnas, Chief Executive, Oregon Network

Todd Salnas

Chief Executive, Oregon Network

Todd has more than 20 years of proven and diverse experience in the healthcare industry – most of which have been in leadership positions with a focus on operational improvements, growth/referral strategies, process improvement, patient experience and clinical excellence. Most recently, he served as president for St. Joseph’s Health System in Sonoma County, California. Todd is Lean Green Belt-certified. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences from the University of Arizona, and a dual-degree master’s in business administration and health services administration from Arizona State University.

Tyler Hedden, Chief Operating Officer, Oregon Network

Tyler Hedden

Chief Operating Officer, Oregon Network

Tyler has more than 20 years of progressive experience in the healthcare industry (15 of which have been in Catholic healthcare) and this experience includes provider, payor and entrepreneurial settings. Tyler provided executive and operational leadership for acute care hospitals, including a regional Level II Trauma center. Most recently, he served as chief executive for Providence Sonoma County in California. Having started his career as a nurse assistant where he learned how important the frontline caregiver role is in the overall care and healing of patients, Tyler maintains a steadfast commitment to the caregiver, the patient, and the mission of Catholic health care to increase access to quality, safe and affordable care for all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and chemistry from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, Tyler received a master’s in healthcare administration from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis with a fellowship in healthcare administration at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.

He and his wife, Elizabeth, have three children, and Tyler and his family enjoy outdoor activities including running, skiing, tennis, hiking and biking, and attending many sporting events.

Paul Warda, Chief Financial Officer, Oregon Network

Paul Warda

Chief Financial Officer, Oregon Network

Paul Warda is chief financial officer for the PeaceHealth Oregon network, bringing 25 years of experience as a senior healthcare executive with a focus on finance and operations. This includes more than a decade as vice president and CFO at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of finance and CFO for Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas.

Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Bonaventure University in New York and Master’s in Business Administration from Regis University in Colorado.

In his free time, Paul enjoys volunteering, as well as spending time outdoors biking, hiking and golfing.

Elva Sipin, Vice President of Operations, Sacred Heart Medical Center

Elva Sipin

Vice President of Operations, Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend

Prior to joining PeaceHealth, Elva served as executive director of post-acute services at Providence St. Joseph Health in Southern California, where she was instrumental in creating a culture of high caregiver engagement through open communication and process improvement initiatives.

In her 18-year career, Elva has achieved and sustained US News and World Report High Performing and Best Nursing Home five years in a row and was instrumental in achieving Magnet designation for Hospital Distinct Skilled Nursing Facility.

Elva earned her master’s degree in management with an emphasis in healthcare from the University of Redlands in California.

Elva and her husband Dennis Jr. are avid cyclists and were both actively involved in outreach ministries in Los Angeles – and will continue that work in Eugene. They have one son, who remains in California. Elva also enjoys yoga, traveling and shopping.

Alicia Beymer, Chief Adminstrative Office Sacred Health Medical Center & Cottage Grove Community Medical Center

Alicia Beymer

Chief Administrative Officer Sacred Heart Medical Center & Cottage Grove Community Medical Center

Alicia Beymer is vice president of operations for PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center, University District.

Alicia brings with her more than 20 years of varied experience serving Lane County with her collaborative leadership style, strong patient advocacy, and a deep knowledge of healthcare regulation and quality.

She previously served as director of PeaceHealth Home Care Services in the PeaceHealth Oregon network and has experience serving in the capacity of risk management and regulatory consultant at PeaceHealth.

Alicia first answered her calling as an advocate during the 10 years she worked at Lane Council of Governments—Senior and Disabled Services, where she spearheaded the quality improvement program, implemented the Medicare Part D program and served as an adult protective services worker protecting clients and safeguarding rights as a key investigator of abuse and neglect.

Alicia earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Oregon and master’s degree in business administration from Northwest Christian University.

Alicia enjoys spending time with her husband, Aaron, working on home improvement projects and tending to their beautiful five-acre property.

Jason Hawkins, Chief Administrative Office, Peace Harbor Medical Center

Jason Hawkins

Chief Administrative Officer, PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center

A career spent in the rural healthcare setting, Jason came to PeaceHealth from Fulton County Medical Center in McConnellsburg, Pa., where he most recently served as president and chief executive officer.

A Huntingdon, Pa., native, Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and master’s degree in business administration. Jason chaired the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania’s Small Rural Health Council and served on the American Hospital Association’s Small and Rural Governing Council representing the Pennsylvania and New York regions. He served as treasurer of the Pennsylvania Mountains Healthcare Alliance.

On a personal note, Jason his wife DeAnn enjoy spending time outside, hiking, boating and fishing. You also might spot him at local high school sporting events or perhaps a college basketball game. Jason is very excited to live in and serve the Florence community as the PHMC CAO and volunteering in various civic organizations.

Heather Wall, RN, Chief Nursing office, Oregon Network

Heather Wall, RN

Chief Nursing Officer Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend and Oregon Network

Heather Wall is chief nursing officer for PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. As a long-time Lane County resident, Heather has a strong commitment to the community. Heather has been part of the PeaceHealth family since 2004, most recently serving as senior director of Nursing at RiverBend. She also has served as director of nursing for the Medical/Surgical service line, director of operations for the Gamma Knife Center, nurse manager of orthopedics and neurology, and started her career as a neurology nurse at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center, University District.

A Junction City resident, Heather enjoys spending her free time with her husband Lee and their three children Joseph, Lauren and Andrew. She is an avid sports fan, and loves to cheer on the University of Oregon Ducks. She also enjoys yoga, baking, the outdoors and spending time with her extended family.

Dr. Jame McGovern, Chief Medical Officer, Oregon Network

Dr. James McGovern

Medical Chief Medical Officer, Oregon Network

A former hospitalist and experienced physician leader, Dr. McGovern comes to PeaceHealth from Wisconsin-based ThedaCare, where he served in several leadership roles including system vice president of medical affairs. He was recognized as a US News and World Report Top Doc while working in Baltimore, Md. His focus as leader has been on teamwork and collaboration between caregivers, between departments and between divisions.

Dr. McGovern graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin and did his internal medicine residency at St. Vincent Hospital in Indiana. Jim and his wife, Karen, enjoy hiking and traveling.

Dr. Melissa Edwards, Surgical Chief Medical Officer, Oregon Network

Dr. Melissa Edwards

Surgical Chief Medical Officer, Oregon Network

A board-certified gynecologist, Dr. Edwards has a breadth and depth of experience in practice management, EMR implementation, accreditation, peer review, quality and safety, care transformation and clinical integration. Previously, Dr. Edwards served in the chief medical officer role at Women’s Care; she also served on the PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Community Health Board and was chair of Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend’s GYN department and Quality Committee of the board.

She earned her medical degree and completed her residency in OB/GYN at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. She completed a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration at the University of Scranton in 2020.

In her free time, she enjoys running, baking, practicing yoga, gardening and home renovation projects.

Dr. Robin Virgin, Chief Medical Officer, PeaceHealth Medical Group Oregon

Dr. Robin Virgin

Chief Medical Officer, PeaceHealth Medical Group, Oregon Network

Dr. Robin Virgin is chief medical officer for PeaceHealth Medical Group in Oregon.

She joined PeaceHealth Medical Group to practice family medicine/obstetrics in 1998. After transitioning to leadership in 2011, she served a formative role in the development of a larger multispecialty practice. For the last seven years and before stepping into her current role, Dr. Virgin served as the PeaceHealth system medical director for primary care. This role has given Dr. Virgin the opportunity to promote quality performance, drive safe patient care and lead care delivery transformation.

Dr. Virgin received her medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland and completed her residency at Family Medicine of Southwest Washington in Vancouver.

Carolyn Moore, Vice President of Operations, PeaceHealth Medical Group, Oregon Network

Carolyn Moore

Vice President of Operations, PeaceHealth Medical Group, Oregon Network

Carolyn joined PeaceHealth after holding progressively advanced leadership roles at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU). Most recently, Carolyn was the senior director for pediatric ambulatory care services where she directed services across 20 locations for primary care, medical and surgical specialties, ancillary services and outreach to rural communities. Also at OHSU, Carolyn served as the administrator for the Knight Cardiovascular Institute and as the multispecialty division administrator for the Department of Surgery, among other roles.

Carolyn is a fellow (FACMPE) in the Medical Group Management Association and holder of a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She earned a Bachelor of Science at Oregon State University.

Carolyn and her husband, Dustin, along with their German Shorthair dog Metolius enjoy camping, hiking, lakes, the beach, Bend and attending Ducks vs. Beavers athletic events.

Marie Stehmer, Senior Director of Human Resources, Oregon Network

Marie Stehmer

Senior Director of Human Resources, Oregon Network

Marie came to PeaceHealth from Banner Health Network in Phoenix, Ariz., where she served as Chief Human Resources Officer and Human Resources Consultant. Marie lived in the Phoenix area for 27 years after growing up in Anchorage, Alaska.

Now that she's in the Pacific Northwest, Marie's goals include exploring the vast array of Oregon wineries and hiking opportunities, while also fulfilling her love of quilting and reading.

Marie is a Senior Professional in Human Resources and holds Just Culture Certification and Certification in Healthcare Human Resources. She holds a master of business administration degree from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

Rev. Micki Varner, Director of Mission Services, Oregon Network

Rev. Micki Varner

Director of Mission Services, Oregon Network

Rev. Micki Varner is director of Mission Services for the PeaceHealth Oregon network and has been part of the PeaceHealth family since her beginnings as a chaplain intern in 2003 at Sacred Heart Medical Center. She then served in a leadership role as the Oregon network manager of Spiritual Care. Micki has overseen the growth of our Clinical Pastoral Education program, established renewal programs for our caregivers, collaborated with faith community leaders, and created a strong team of chaplains who attend to the spiritual needs of our patients, their loved ones, our caregivers and clinicians.

Micki has been an active member of the ethics committee since 2013 and has helped lead Mission-related programs in Oregon such as local Leadership in Ministry gatherings, Heritage Week events, and the Mission and Values Review.

Micki is a board-certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history and her master’s degree in technical and scientific communication from James Madison University in Virginia and her Master of Divinity degree from Episcopal Divinity School in New York City.

Marcy Marshall, Senior Director, Marketing and Communications, Oregon Network

Marcy Marshall

Senior Director, Marketing & Communications, Oregon Network

Marcy comes to PeaceHealth from the nonprofit Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, where she served as director of employee communications, as well as director of clinical enterprise communications. Prior to Geisinger, Marcy was a long-time editor for newspapers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Marcy, her husband, James, and their two children love life in the Pacific Northwest, especially the food scene and boundless outdoor opportunities. Living in Track Town USA is like coming home for Marcy, as she grew up immersed in the world of running, including working for her family's newspaper, Runner's Gazette (America's First Running Newspaper).

Susan Blane, Director, Community Health, Oregon Network

Susan Blane

Director, Community Health, Oregon Network

Susan is firmly rooted in Lane County since relocating from Los Angeles in 1996. She joined the PeaceHealth family in 2006 with decades of surgical practice management experience, serving as director of Market Development until 2016 when she was called upon to develop the Community Benefit program in the Oregon network. In partnership with community, healthcare and social service organizations throughout Lane County, she has curated a diverse array of PeaceHealth-sponsored community benefit programs providing access to healthy food, supportive housing, mental health and community care. Susan has a Bachelor of Science in organizational behavior from the University of San Francisco and a master’s degree in public health policy and administration from Oregon State University. She lives in Eugene with her husband and enjoys doing all things outdoors in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

Community Health Board

PeaceHealth is guided by the PeaceHealth System Board of Directors and by Community Health Boards in each of our network service areas in Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

These volunteer board members are community leaders who fully partner with PeaceHealth in making and supporting decisions based on our Mission and Values as well as our Vision for the organization—that every person receives safe, compassionate care: every time, every touch.

Our Community Health Boards are also charged with setting policy regarding quality, stewardship, planning, community service and advocacy.

  • Ana-Marie Dudley
  • Dr. Marta Hantke
  • Tim Herrmann
  • Mary Kingston
  • Jackie Lester
  • Margaret Pattison, MD
  • Damien Sands
  • Sister Aileen Trainor

Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC)

  • PeaceHealth Cottage Grove Medical Center
  • PeaceHealth Medical Group

Accomplishments

Our PFAC worked with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Alliance and South Lane Mental Health to start a syringe exchange program, in Cottage Grove, to reduce harm to those in the community who inject drugs intravenously.

Other accomplishments

  • Non-smoking policy on hospital grounds
  • Contributed to patient education materials regarding:
    • Admissions
    • Chronic versus acute pain for Emergency Department patients
    • A remote hospitalist video

Membership

  • Founded in 2011
  • Meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month

Contact Lana Sherwin, director of nursing, for more information.