Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
Education and training
- University of Washington: B.A. in economics, masters in health administration
Where did you grow up?
Edmonds, about 15 miles north of Seattle
Why did you build your career at Providence?
My original plan when I came to Providence was to stay for one year, but
I fell in love with my husband, Portland and the people of Providence. There is nothing better than working beside people with a calling to serve others.
What is your dream for Providence in Oregon?
I want us to lead the way in transforming health care in a way that improves health, lowers cost and always puts the patient's needs first. We must be steadfast in our commitment to an inclusionary system of care, especially for those who are poor and vulnerable.
What are your hobbies?
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, playing soccer, running, biking, golfing and reading.
What’s a great experience you’ve had while working at Providence?
I was lucky to serve when many of the Sisters of Providence were here. I remember talking to Sr. Rita Ferschweiler, who was hospital administrator when the decision was made to move the hospital from Portland to its current site in Washington County. I love and admire Sr. Rita and the other sisters for their care, compassion and unwavering commitment to the Mission.
Who were your mentors?
I have been blessed with many extraordinary mentors, including Greg Van Pelt, John Fletcher and Sr. Lynda Thompson to name a few. They have modelled what it means to be a "servant leader".
Why does philanthropy matter to your work?
Community support takes an organization from being just good to excellent. Philanthropy provides support for innovation, research, patient-centered care and services for the poor and vulnerable. I give to Providence because I trust and believe in the Mission and the extraordinary care we provide.