July 13, 2005
PeaceHealth is a not-for-profit health care system, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, with services in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska - including Ketchikan. The health system office and provincial offices of the Sisters are located in Bellevue, Washington.
"Just as we have been blessed by John's leadership, so are we blessed to have in Alan Yordy a strong, proven leader as our next CEO," said Sister Sheila Lemieux, PeaceHealth Board Chair. "Alan was the clear and unanimous choice of the Board, and we are delighted he has accepted the appointment."
Yordy has worked in the health care industry for 25 years, serving as CEO of the PeaceHealth Oregon Region since 1999. He joined PeaceHealth's Media Services department in 1981 and worked in a variety of management positions before leaving in 1990 to serve as administrator of Lebanon Community Hospital and CEO of Mid-Valley Healthcare. He returned to PeaceHealth as Chief Operating Officer in March 1999. Yordy's tenure as Oregon Region CEO saw the opening of Oregon's first new critical access hospital with an affiliated medical group in Cottage Grove, and the start of construction of a new 440-bed tertiary care campus for Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield.
"I have had the pleasure of working with Alan for many years and have developed the utmost respect for him as a person and as a leader," said Skip Kriz, PeaceHealth Senior Vice President, CFO, and Chief Administrative Officer. "He is fully grounded in the heritage of PeaceHealth and is personally committed to it. He will be a great Chief Mission Officer."
Yordy praised retiring CEO John Hayward, and Hayward's predecessor, Sr. Monica Heeran of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace: "It is a gift to follow talented leaders such as John Hayward and Sr. Monica Heeran. They have given a solid foundation of success upon which to build."
Yordy's first few months will be spent listening to many people throughout PeaceHealth share their ideas for the future. "We must continue to focus on bringing more seamless, safe, and patient-focused care to the communities we serve," he said. "We fully expect to do our part in transforming care to save a significant number of lives as part of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's 100,000 Lives Campaign."
Yordy recently moved to Bellevue with his wife, Joan. They own a small consulting company that focuses on health care and communication consulting.
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