Local Residents David Warden and Travis Dray to Play Key Roles
as Hospital Responds to Growing and Changing Needs of the Community
(THE DALLES, Ore. – April 8, 2021) — Mid-Columbia Medical
Center announced today the appointment of David Warden as its new executive
director for the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation and Travis Dray as the
hospital’s new director of business development. In making the joint
announcement, Hospital CEO Dennis Knox praised the extensive background
each bring to the hospital. “Both will play an important role in
the hospital’s community outreach efforts and in assuring that MCMC
continues to respond to the healthcare needs of those who live and work
in the Columbia River Gorge,” he said.
Warden brings to MCMC nearly two decades of healthcare and foundation experience.
In his new role, Warden is charged with heading the 38-year old Mid-Columbia
Health Foundation (MCHF), whose mission is to work together with and provide
financial support MCMC in order to provide access to quality healthcare
to the community. In addition, the Foundation raises money to benefit
community health and education, including awards for local scholarships
and grants to deserving students and other non-profit organizations throughout
Most recently, Warden served in the U.S. Navy Reserves where he attained
the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer and held the position as Operations
Officer with Bravo Company, Maritime Expeditionary Support Squadron One.
Warden holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Southern
Adventist University and a master’s degree in strategic leadership
from Mountain State University. He is also a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt.
Dray joins MCMC with a deep background in marketing, operations and development
along with a 25-year track record of successfully leading efforts in customer
relations, strategic planning, brand engagement and continuous process
improvements. At MCMC, Dray will oversee the hospital’s marketing,
outreach, telemedicine and value improvement efforts.
Immediately prior to joining MCMC, Dray served as director of events and
programming for POWDR, a national adventure lifestyle company. He has
also worked in community services for the City of Tempe, Ariz., and prior
to that served as the marketing and operations manager for the Oakland
Athletics Baseball Company. Dray holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal
arts and sciences from Iowa State University and a master’s degree
in public administration from Western International University. He is
currently on the board of The Dalles Sluggers Baseball Club and was formerly
on the board of Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation.
Founded in 1901 and located in The Dalles, Mid-Columbia Medical Center
is a nationally recognized hospital dedicated to serving residents of
The Dalles and its surrounding communities. In 1992, MCMC became the first
hospital in the nation to integrate the Planetree philosophy of patient
care, which emphasizes the need to address a person’s intellectual,
environmental, emotional and spiritual concerns in addition to their physical
needs. As a Planetree-affiliated hospital, MCMC works to provide a caring,
nurturing and educational environment; puts great efforts into humanizing
and demystifying the medical experience; and strives to empower people
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