Dear Neighbor: Letter From Our Interim CEO/President

Last year was a year of change in our country, and it was no different here at home. This explains why I am writing to you in this space, the first time in the history of Well Aware that someone other than Duane Francis has appeared here.

It is rare for a hospital to be run by the same leader for 14 years. Now it’s our job to ensure we don’t skip a beat in our ongoing effort to provide our communities with high-quality healthcare services.

I will be serving as MCMC’s interim president and CEO until our nationwide search brings us an outstanding individual to assume the No. 1 leadership role in our organization.

We haven’t set an arbitrary deadline for finding this person because we intend to be thorough in our search and particular with our selection. This is a special organization, with a long history of innovation and a deep commitment to our patient-centered values and providing outstanding care.

We don’t know how long it will take to find the person who meets our criteria, but we can promise that person will be an outstanding addition to our organization and community.

Organizational change at the leadership level often brings more change, and two key members of the MCMC administrative team have chosen this time to announce personal transitions of their own.

Dr. Bill Hamilton, our full-time chief medical officer since 2010 and a member of the MCMC medical staff since 1987, is stepping down from his position effective Jan. 2, 2017. Dr. Hamilton has touched many lives in his roles as a general surgeon and as a member of our administrative team. He was very instrumental in the development of MCMC’s relationship with OHSU and is responsible for many other noteworthy accomplishments as an organizational leader.

In Dr. Hamilton’s absence, Dr. Paul Cardosi will serve as interim chief medical officer.

In addition, Don Arbon, MCMC’s chief financial officer since 2004, has announced he will retire Jan. 31, 2017, in order to devote more time to his wife, Katherine, and their family. An MCMC employee for 22 years, Don has been an asset to our Financial Department and has served our organization selflessly and always with good humor.

While we have work to do to replace these leaders, I have no doubt that the quality of this hospital and the quality of life in this community will attract outstanding candidates to carry forward MCMC’s long-standing tradition of excellence.