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Adventist Health Appoints New Leadership in the Northwest

General Joyce Newmyer has assumed her role as president of the Northwest Region of Adventist Health and CEO of Adventist Medical Center (AMC) in Portland, Ore.  In addition to her responsibilities in Portland, she will chair the governing boards of Walla Walla General Hospital, Walla Walla, Wash., and Tillamook Regional Medical Center, Tillamook, Ore.  Newmyer will also oversee the operations of 43 medical clinics, two home care agencies and two retirement centers in the Northwest.

“We are pleased that Joyce will be leading our many health and wellness services throughout the Northwest,” said Bill Wing, COO and Executive VP of Adventist Health and chair of the AMC board in Portland. “Her passion for mission, coupled with her longstanding track record for quality clinical excellence, community outreach and service delivery makes her the right fit for the next chapter of growth at Adventist Health.”

Newmyer most recently served as president at Washington Adventist Hospital, a not-for-profit, 252-bed acute care facility located in Takoma Park, Md.  Under Newmyer’s leadership, the hospital received numerous national and state awards for patient care.

“I am excited and humbled to be selected to lead the Northwest Region of Adventist Health facilities,” states Newmyer, a California native. “The physicians, nurses and entire caregiving teams are committed to ministering to the mind, body and spirit of those who entrust their lives in our hands.  I look forward to collaborating with them to bring hope, healing and wellness to the communities we serve in Oregon and Washington.”

Newmyer holds a master’s degree in health services administration from St. Francis University in Joliet, Ill. and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University, Fresno, Calif.  Newmyer and her husband G.J. have four adult children and two grandchildren. 

Newmyer replaces Tom Russell who now serves as corporate vice president of population health innovations for Adventist Health’s 19 hospitals.

About Adventist Health Northwest Region

Adventist Health Northwest Region is comprised of the following three entities:

Adventist Medical Center (AMC), located in southeast Portland, is a nonprofit, 302-bed acute care facility, offering a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services throughout the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. It is the flagship of Adventist Health-Portland, staffed by more than 2,000 employees and includes 37 primary care and specialty clinics. It is ranked in the top 5% of hospitals in the nation for clinical excellence according to Healthgrades and is among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Critical Care. 
Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH) is a 72-bed acute care facility and rural health clinic that has been serving residents of the Walla Walla Valley since 1899, and the only hospital in the region to receive five 5-Star Awards from Healthgrades in 2014.

Tillamook Regional Medical Center (TRMC) is a nonprofit 25-bed critical access hospital and system of rural health clinics serving the citizens of Tillamook and North Lincoln Counties, offering a full spectrum of inpatient, outpatient, specialty and emergency services to meet the needs of the communities we serve.

About Adventist Health 
These entities are part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,600 includes more than 20,500 employees; 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,600 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 220 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit for more information.