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PeaceHealth Oregon network names new chief executive

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Portrait of Todd Salnas

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - PeaceHealth Oregon network Chief Operating Officer (COO) Todd Salnas is transitioning into the role of chief executive of the PeaceHealth Oregon network, effective March 1, 2021. 
Todd, who has been with PeaceHealth for nearly two years, has served as interim chief executive for the last four-plus months while continuing to support his COO role. In September, PeaceHealth Oregon network Chief Executive Mary Kingston took an unexpected and extended time off following a family emergency. 

“While we were all hoping that Mary would be able to return and continue serving with her deeply devoted heart, her family is where she is most needed,” said Richard DeCarlo, PeaceHealth’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. “During this time, Todd effectively provided continuity, stability and support for the network’s caregivers, leaders and providers. Todd is a highly respected and experienced servant leader who lives and breathes the PeaceHealth Mission and Values. This appointment comes after an overwhelming endorsement by PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center Community Health Board members, as well as physician and community leaders.”

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 growth/referral strategies, process improvement, patient experience and clinical excellence. 

“It is an honor to assume the PeaceHealth Oregon chief executive role,” said Salnas. “I am inspired by Mary’s legacy and look forward to building on and expanding strong relationships and partnerships with our local boards, physician leaders and diverse array of community organizations.” 
Recruitment will begin for a COO, which is a critical role to ensuring effective oversight of operations for the Oregon network.

Todd is Lean Green Belt-certified and has earned numerous honors including the Catholic Healthcare Tomorrow’s Leader Award, North Bay Business Leaders 40 Under Age 40 Award and the ACHE Early Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award.

After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences from the University of Arizona, Todd received a dual-degree master’s in business administration and health services administration, both from Arizona State University. 

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 1,200 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at