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PeaceHealth COO named one of the 2022 Top Executives of the Year

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Richard DeCarlo

Vancouver, Wash. –Richard DeCarlo, PeaceHealth executive vice president and chief operating officer, has been named one of the 2022 Top Executives of the Year by the Portland Business Journal.

Joining 36 other outstanding executive leaders, Richard was recognized during a Portland Business Journal event on April 21. Awardees were selected based on critical strategy, guidance and management leading to exceptional performance during the 2021 calendar year.

The epitome of a servant leader, Richard has been integral in PeaceHealth’s journey to achieve the ambitious goals of Clinical Excellence, 100% Perfect Care, Zero Harm since joining the organization in 2017. Under Richard’s leadership, PeaceHealth’s quality and safety scores have seen an incredible ascension over the past five years — in 2021, all Leapfrog grades were A ratings with just one B rating.

With a calm and steady approach, Richard has also led PeaceHealth’s extraordinary response to the pandemic, overseeing our System Incident Command and orchestrating our extensive efforts to prevent transmission through public education, testing sites and vaccination clinics. Service is at the core of his character and his voice is a constant reminder among the executive leadership teams that we must always care for our caregivers.

Prior to joining PeaceHealth, Richard served more than 25 years in executive leadership roles in complex healthcare markets and multifaceted, not-for-profit healthcare systems. His experience in senior administrative roles and previous clinical experience as an emergency room nurse ensures a deep understanding of how to approach healthcare that enables PeaceHealth to better pursue our Vision that every person receives safe, compassionate care, every time, every touch.

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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