Adventist Health News Notes

Adventist Medical Center Named Among America’s Healthiest Employer

Adventist Medical Center is the only health system in Portland, Ore., to be named among the Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America. The honor comes from Healthiest Employers, a leader in employee health analytics, best practices and benchmark data. Adventist Health was ranked the 12th healthiest company in the nation due to its viable success through a broad range of corporate wellness programs and employee wellness initiatives.

Adventist Health attained this recognition as the culmination of a year-long, highly selective two-stage assessment process spanning the United States to include companies of all sizes from all regions and industries.

The national award recognizes employers who have comprehensively incorporated the most effective employee wellness programs and practices. The Healthiest 100 have successfully implemented practical, effective and continuously improving corporate wellness strategies for creating a sustainably healthy workplace.

“A focus on wellness defined by treating the mind, body and spirit has been the foundation of our mission at Adventist Health for more than a century,” stated Tom Russell, Adventist Medical Center president and CEO. The wellness process begins with employees participating in an integrated corporate wellness program known as LivingWell. “Our employees understand that healthy caregivers provide better care to patients,” continues Russell. The organization believes that providing employees tools for their wellness journey enables them to pay it forward by creating healthy communities.

David Butler Named President and CEO of Tillamook Regional Medical Center

David Butler has been named president and CEO of Tillamook Regional Medical Center (TRMC), according to Tom Russell, board chairman for the Tillamook operations. Butler will be responsible for TRMC, multiple physician clinics and urgent care centers along the Oregon coast.

“David has tremendous operational experience that will help facilitate the continued growth of Tillamook Regional Medical Center,” said Russell.

Butler comes to TRMC with 25 years of experience leading large and rural-sized health care facilities.

“I am humbled and thrilled to be part of the continued growth of Tillamook Regional Medical Center and look forward to helping meet the health and wellness needs of the coastal communities,” said Butler. “It will be a privilege to collaborate with a dynamic team and community partners in serving the needs of this vibrant region.”

Karen Kellar Joins Walla Walla General Hospital as Patient Care Vice President

Karen Kellar, a registered nurse, was named vice president for patient care for Adventist Health services in Walla Walla, Wash.

Kellar comes to Walla Walla from Tillamook, where she served as TRMC vice president for patient care since 2011. Kellar has a long history of service at Adventist Health and has functioned in key roles in TRMC, Adventist Medical Center and White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

“We are looking forward to Karen joining our mission-focused team. Her clinical expertise will help us successfully navigate the changing health care environment while continuing to provide the highest quality care for the Walla Walla community,” says Monty Knittel, Walla Walla General Hospital president and CEO.

February 21, 2014 / Adventist Health