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Meet Our New CEO, David Butler


Tillamook Regional Medical Center (TRMC) welcomes our new president and CEO, David Butler. Butler takes the helm today, February 3, 2014. Butler has more than 25 years of experience leading both rural and large health care facilities. He previously served as CEO for North Canyon Medical Center, a critical access hospital in Gooding, Idaho. Before that, Butler was president and CEO of Jellico Community Hospital in Jellico, Tennessee. He holds a master's of business administration from Southern Adventist University, a bachelor's degree in long-term health care administration and an associate of science degree in nursing.

"David has tremendous operational experience that will help facilitate the continued growth of Tillamook Regional Medical Center," says Tom Russell, TRMC board chairman and CEO of Adventist Medical Center in Portland. "He is deeply committed to the mission of the hospital and is excited to provide leadership in clinical and operational excellence to communities along the Oregon coast."

"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," Butler says. "It will be a privilege to collaborate with a dynamic team and community partners in serving the needs of this vibrant region."

A family in love with Tillamook
Butler and his wife, Luminita (which means little light in Romania, where she was born), along with their 10-year-old son, Nathan, and 8-year-old daugher, Nicole, are looking forward to becoming active members of the Tillamook community. The younger Butlers have already made friends with some local children, and they are excited about living near the ocean.

"My wife and I are both drawn to Tillamook County," says Butler. "We are committed to rural living, we ant to raise our children in the country and we love the outdoors. Tillamook has it all--mountains and rivers and the beautiful ocean and coastline. After visiting Tillamook, we can honestly say we fell in love with the community. The people of Tillamook County were friendly and gracious to us during our visit, and we felt so welcome.

I am impressed with the hospital and physician leadership in how they have created a strong network of community health initiatives and patient care centers. Health care is a challenging and ambitious undertaking in today's environment. I am also impressed with the hospital and physician alignment and their readiness to accomplish population health management. But most importantly, it is refreshing to see how committed the hospital is to the mission: 'to share God's love by providing physical, mental and spiritual healing.'"