Russell Appointed President and CEO of Adventist Medical Center

Tom Russell is the new president and CEO of Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Ore. Russell assumed his new role when past president and CEO Deryl Jones retired in December 2008.

“I am honored and humbled to be named to this position,” says Russell. “It is a privilege to serve this community with an exceptional team of employees and dedicated physicians who are committed to demonstrating the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”

Russell has worked at AMC for 15 years and most recently served as senior vice president of the 302–bed acute care facility. His responsibilities included the development of the hospital's facility planning, managed care strategy and health plan negotiations. He also oversaw plant services and construction, clinical engineering, quality resources, performance improvement, the Joint Commission accreditation and certification process, as well as various other hospital initiatives.

As senior vice president, Russell worked directly on the concept design, development and current construction of the hospital's 181,000-square-foot Pavilion, scheduled to open in May 2009. Russell also served as the president of Healthcare Resources Northwest, a subsidiary of AMC that works with health care providers to deliver solutions for integrated health and wellness.

"I believe Tom and his leadership will be of great benefit to the hospital and its community,” says Larry Dodds, executive vice president and COO of Adventist Health, and AMC board chairman. “His appointment comes with tremendous support from AMC's physician leaders and management team. Not only is Tom very familiar with the scope of operations which provides good continuity, he is extremely committed to the mission of Adventist Health.”

“Our community trusts us as their caregivers, and we consider them the heart and soul of our sacred mission,” says Russell. “We are dedicated to excellence and to providing each individual the most appropriate care in the most appropriate setting.”

Russell holds bachelor degrees in business administration and theology from Union College in Lincoln, Neb., and is currently completing his MBA. In addition, he is active in various professional and community organizations.

Russell and his wife, Kimberly, live in Eagle Creek and are active in the Hood View Church and in community projects throughout greater Portland.

January 01, 2009 / Adventist Health