Dear Neighbor: Message on Our CEO

Duane Francis, President and CEO of MCMC, plans to retire after over 14 years of service.

By now this may be old news. But in case you haven’t heard, I do want to share with you, our loyal Well Aware readers, my plan to retire as president and CEO of Mid-Columbia MedicalCenter, effective Oct. 31.

Leaving the organization I have had the honor to serve for 14 years as CEO and another seven in other positions is a difficult thing to do.

Ultimately the opportunity to spend more time with family was too compelling to put off.

My wife, Tami, and I have lived away from our kids and grandkids for too long. Finally being closer to them again outweighed the disadvantages of leaving my second family, the incredible men and women who comprise this organization. I have truly loved working here and living in this community. I think we have accomplished a lot over the last 14 years, and I leave knowing there is much more to come. The announcements of our plans to construct a new hospital tower and expand our services in Hood River are just the most recent examples of the great things ahead for MCMC and the patients we serve.

With a Board of Trustees that is second to none and a great management team in place, I know I am leaving this organization in great hands.

Duane Francis

A message from Board Chairman Rob Carnahan:

On behalf of the entire MCMC Board of Trustees, we wish Duane and Tami the very best. We are certain that he will use the knowledge, skills, and abilities that he has developed while at MCMC to make a positive impact in whatever endeavor he chooses to be involved with.

Over his tenure at MCMC, Duane has assembled key leaders that have worked to raise the bar on the delivery of patient care and hospital operations. We are proud of all that has been accomplished and recognize that the MCMC way has been copied by large and small hospitals throughout the country.

We will miss Duane and Tami, but each of us has gained so much having known and worked with them.