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Network Executive Team

Members of the PeaceHealth Oregon West Network Executive 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.

John Hill
Chief Executive Officer/Chief Mission Officer

John Hill is Chief Executive Officer of the PeaceHealth Oregon West Network. He joined PeaceHealth in 2012 and has oversight of the operations of PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield and PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center, University District, as well a​s PeaceHealth Cottage Grove Community Medical Center and PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center in Florence.

From 2007 to 2010, he served as the CEO of The Medical Center of Aurora and Centennial Medical Plaza, located near Denver, Colo. During that time, the 346-bed acute-care 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. In 2010, he was named to Modern Healthcare's "Up and Comers" list of future health care leaders.

Prior to TMCA, John worked as the Chief Operating Officer at Medical City Dallas hospital, a 704-bed tertiary acute-care facility. He received bachelor's and master's degrees from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where is father was a professor for many years. He is board-certified in Health Care Administration and is a Fellow with the American College of Health Care Executives.

Rick Yecny 
Chief Administrative Officer of Critical Access Hospitals, Oregon West Network 

Rick Yecny is Chief Administrative Officer of Critical Access Hospitals in the Oregon West Network. Rick was a member of the Peace Harbor Hospital Community Board of Directors from 1991 to 2000. From 2001 to 2010, Rick served as the Chief Financial Officer for Peace Harbor. In 2010, Rick became the Chief Mission Officer and Chief Executive Officer for Peace Harbor.

Prior to joining Peace Health, Rick was a partner for 18 years in the CPA firm of Davis, Yecny, and McCulloch, with offices in Florence and Reedsport, Oregon. Rick serves as a board member of the Friends of Florence, a non-profit organization providing transportation for cancer patients to Eugene for radiation therapy. The van runs five days a week, 52 weeks a year and is managed and operated completely through volunteers. Rick was also selected as Florence First Citizen in 2010.

Rick received a bachelor's degree from the University of Portland, and is a CPA, inactive.

Sharon Thornton 
Chief Development Officer

Sharon Thornton

In her role as Chief Development Officer for Oregon West Network, Sharon Thornton oversees all foundation fund-raising efforts, working closely on strategic direction with Oregon West CEO John Hill and with System Senior Vice President for Philanthropy Casey Woodard.

Sharon brings a wealth of senior executive nonprofit health care fund-raising and philanthropic development experience to the position. She came to Oregon West Network from the Hoag Hospital Foundation in Newport Beach, Calif., where she had served since 2002, first as Vice President for Gift Planning and most recently as Vice President of Legal Affairs/General Counsel.

Sharon is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of California Los Angeles and holds a juris doctorate from Loyola Law School.

Tim Herrmann 
Vice President, Patient Care Services 

Tim’s tenure with PeaceHealth spans back to 1986 when he was the Trauma Program Coordinator at Sacred Heart Medical Center. From there, he progressed to Manager of Sacred Heart's Emergency and Trauma Services, Administrator of Cottage Grove Community Hospital, and eventually into his current role where he's been since 2006.

Prior to joining PeaceHealth, Tim worked at Queens Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, as a Staff Nurse and as Trauma Program Coordinator.

Tim graduated from University of Portland with a bachelor of science degree in 1982. He earned a master of business administration degree in 2003 from Northwest Christian University in Eugene.

Mary Anne McMurren
Vice President Post-Acute Care, Administrator of PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center, University District 

After four years as Administrator and Chief Mission Officer at PeaceHealth Cottage Grove Community Medical Center, Mary Anne McMurren took on an expanded leadership role as Vice President of Post-Acute Services and Administrator of PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center, University District in July 2013.

Post-acute care refers to a range of medical services that support a patient's continued recovery from illness or management of a chronic illness or disability after leaving the hospital. Mary Anne's responsibilities also include executive oversight of neurosciences and behavioral health services. Her background and skill set are particularly suited to leading the efforts to expand our network of care in these vital areas.

Mary Anne earned her master's degree in health care administration from the University of Phoenix in 2009 and a bachelor of science in nursing from Oregon Health & Science University in 1982.

Kristopher Kitz 
Vice President, Strategy, Innovation and Development 

Kristopher Kitz is responsible for strategic, operational and business planning and new business development for the Oregon West Network. He serves as a member of the Network Executive Team to collaboratively provide advice and assistance in coordinating and operationalizing the VISTA strategic plan.

Kris brings a wealth of strategic planning​ and business development experience. He joined PeaceHealth from MultiCare Health Systems of Tacoma, Wash., where he worked since 2006, most recently as Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development. Kris has a Master of Health Services Administration degree and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Washington.

Debra Miller 
Vice President, People & Culture

Debra brings a wide range of experiences and skills, including caregiver and leadership development, engagement, talent management, employee/labor relations, succession planning and service excellence development.

Debra is recognized as a collaborative leader, colleague and trusted business partner. Honored in 2010 by the North Bay Business Journal as a leading female health care executive in Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties, she served those communities as a four-year board member on the American Red Cross and a former board member of the Community Child Care Council​.

Doug Carr, MD
Vice President of PeaceHealth Medical Group

Dr. Carr became Vice President of PeaceHealth Medical Group Oregon West Network and Medical Director for PHMG in Eugene/Springfield in September 2013.

Dr. Carr joined PeaceHealth from Billings Clinic in Montana, an integrated system with 250 employed physicians in multiple clinics. He began there in 1989 as an internal medicine physician following work in private practice in Cody, Wyo.

Over time, he took on greater administrative roles and responsibilities, eventually moving to fulltime administrative duties in 2004. His roles in Billings included Medical Director of Clinical Operations, Vice President for Regional Clinic Operations and most recently, Medical Director of Education and System Initiatives.

During his tenure at Billings Clinic, Dr. Carr was involved in improving the performance of the clinics and developing their capabilities in accountable care and Primary Care Medical Home. He also built, from the ground up, a new internal medicine residency that will begin accepting residents in July 2014.

Wendy Apland 
Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance

Wendy Apland is Vice President of Finance/CFO for PeaceHealth Oregon West Network, and has been with PeaceHealth since July 1998. In this position, she provides financial strategy and oversees and coordinates all network financial services, including Finance, Accounting, Patient Financial Services, Payor Contracting, Property Management, Supply Chain, and Information Technology.

Wendy received her bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from the University of Oregon. She is a Certified Public Accountant and participates in a variety of health care associations.​​​

Shannon Surber
Vice President of Operations, PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center

​As Vice President of Operations for PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center, Shannon Surber oversees the planning and direction of the delivery of hospital services, including ancillary and support services, in accordance with the PeaceHealth Sacred Heart operational plan. 

Shannon came to PeaceHealth in 2006 from The Ohio State University Medical Center to open the Oregon Bariatric Center as a Center of Excellence. She served as the center's Program Director. In March 2007, her role expanded to Operations Director of Specialties for PeaceHealth Medical Group and Sacred Heart Physicians. She assumed the role of Executive Director for the Surgical Institute in January 2011.

Henry VeldmanFACHE 
Vice President Operations, PeaceHealth Medical Group

Henry Veldman received his master's degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, with emphasis in Health Services Administration. He is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives, and completed an executive program with Kaiser Permanente and Stanford University.

Henry was previously CEO of Western Washington Medical Group, a 60-physician, multi-specialty physician group in Washington. Among his accomplishments was a joint venture, 14-bed sleep center with a competing medical group, and a cancer partnership between three medical groups and the hospital.

Prior to his move to Washington, Henry was an executive with the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program. His career of 26 years culminated with the opportunity to build the Kaiser Program in Fresno, Calif. There he was lead executive, Hospital Health Plan Administrator, and Medical Group Administrator, to develop the program from a start-up operation, to a full fledged medical center over a 10-year period.  He oversaw the development of a medical group, health plan, and hospital.​

​Heather Wall, ​RN, MSN
Interim Chief Nursing Officer

As interim CNO, Heather Wall oversees the spectrum of care for nursing, including quality and safety outcomes, patient and family experience and clinical operations of nursing services for PeaceHealth Sacred Heart at RiverBend. In this role, Heather will work toward enhancing the nursing structure throughout Oregon West Network.
 
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