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PeaceHealth adds experienced healthcare leader to its System Board of Directors

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Mary McWilliams

VANCOUVER, Wash. – PeaceHealth has named experienced healthcare leader Mary McWilliams to its System Board of Directors.

McWilliams is a proven leader with more than 25 years of experience as an executive in the public and private sectors of the healthcare industry. Most recently she served on the board of the Virginia Mason Health System following her retirement as executive director of the Washington Health Alliance, a multi-stakeholder collaborative of employers, providers and plans formed to bring affordability, quality and public transparency to healthcare. McWilliams also served as CEO at Regence BlueShield and was founder of an HMO for the Providence health system in Portland.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and an MS degree in health administration from the University of Colorado.

With her strong payor/health plan expertise, experience in leading transformational healthcare initiatives, and dedication to the health and well-being of the people and communities of the Pacific Northwest McWilliams will be a valuable addition to the PeaceHealth System Board.

McWilliams will support PeaceHealth’s ongoing commitment to the highest level of quality care in our communities.

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