Leadership

Joyce Newmyer, President and CEO at Adventist Health PortlandJoyce Newmyer,
President and Chief Executive Officer
Adventist Medical Center

Joyce Newmyer is the president and CEO of Adventist Medical Center and oversees the network of Adventist Health services throughout the Portland, OR Metro area. In this role, Joyce also chairs the governing boards of Walla Walla General Hospital in Walla Walla, WA and Tillamook Regional Medical Center in Tillamook, OR. Newmyer also oversees the operations of 43 medical clinics, two home care agencies and two retirement centers in the Northwest.

Newmyer holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno and a Master of Science in Health Services Administration from St. Francis University.


David Russell, Vice President, Business Development, Adventist Medical Center David Russell
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Adventist Medical Center

David Russell is the senior vice president and chief operating officer for Adventist Medical Center. In this capacity, he is charged with operational leadership and strategy and business development coordination.

Prior to assuming this role, Russell was the vice president for marketing and business development and focused on identifying and developing new business opportunities to enhance the services offered on campus and to extend Adventist Medical Center's services more fully into the community. Previously, he also served as director of contracting and network development for Adventist Medical Center and Healthcare Resources Northwest (HRNW), where he managed all contracting functions with the health plans and HRNW panel of network providers; he also oversaw network development functions, medical management, and performance improvement services for HRNW.

Russell holds a master's in health care administration from Loma Linda University School of Health in Loma Linda, Calif. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Cindy Nutter, CNOCindy Nutter
Chief Nursing Officer
Adventist Medical Center

Cindy Nutter is the chief nursing officer/patient care executive for Adventist Medical Center. Since assuming this role in January 2014 she is responsible for patient care services provided in all patient care units, surgery, cardiac cath lab, pharmacy, pulmonary medicine, as well as the support provided by clinical information systems and quality services.

Prior to assuming the role of CNO, Nutter served at Adventist Medical Center as the administrative director of all inpatient services including the Intensive Care and Cardiovascular Units, Telemetry, Medical-surgical, orthopedic and the Family Birth Place units. Over the previous 25 years Cindy served as a nursing instructor in a Bachelors program, managed a primary care clinic, served as a school nurse as well as providing direct patient care to Burn and Trauma, Cardiac Surgery and general critical care patients.

Nutter received her masters of science in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE and completed her undergrad work at Washington State University. She and her husband enjoy outdoor activities from scuba diving to hiking as well as spending time with their children and grandchildren.


Ron Benfield, COO, Adventist Medical Center Ron Benfield
Vice President and Interim Chief Financial Officer
Adventist Medical Center

Ron Benfield is Vice President and interim Chief Financial Officer at Adventist Medical Center and brings more than 30 years of health care leadership experience. He oversees the management of finance, registration, patient business, materials management, health information management, case management, information systems and HIPAA compliance.

He is an active member of professional and civic organizations, including American College of Healthcare Executives and Healthcare Financial Management Association. He serves on the Portland board of the American Cancer Society and the board of Africa Orphan Care.

Benfield completed his undergraduate degree in business administration at Pacific Union College in Angwin, Calif. He went on to earn his M.B.A in Finance from California State University, San Bernardino, and completed Ohio State University's executive program in healthcare management.

In his spare time, Benfield enjoys playing the cello, climbing mountains, running, biking, and traveling both domestically and abroad. 


David Tkachuck, AVP Dave Tkachuck
Vice President
Adventist Medical Center

Dave Tkachuck is a vice president at Adventist Medical Center and brings more than 15 years of healthcare experience to this role. He provides executive support for Medical Imaging, Rehab Services, Nutritional Services, Hospitalist and inpatient Palliative Care Services, Laboratory Services and our Gresham Station location.

Prior to his role as vice president, Dave served Adventist Medical Center as the administrative director of A&M, the hospitalist group at Adventist Medical Center. He has also led the Adventist Medical Center Phlebotomy and Lab Outreach Services and Home Care Services.

Dave has clinical training as a physical therapist and has also received his Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Washington. David is married and has three girls. In his spare time he enjoys skiing, hiking and reading. 


Wesley Rippey, MD - Chief Medical OfficerWesley Rippey, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Adventist Medical Center

Dr. Wesley E. Rippey is the chief medical officer for Adventist Medical Center and is a licensed MD and certified by the American Board of Surgery. He received his BS and MD degrees from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1976 as well as completing his Surgery residency in 1981. 

Here at Adventist Health, Dr. Rippey has been in private practice Surgery (General Surgery, PeripheralVascular Surgery) since July of 1981. As well as being a part of Adventist Medical Staff he has been a Board member of Adventist Health and Adventist Medical Center, a Board Chair of Healthcare Resources NW, Board member of PELC and PLOC, Board Chair for AMC Foundation, Chair of PAG and has been AMC Chief Medical Officer since 2008.

Dr. Rippey, and wife Penny live in Damascus, Oregon, where they also grow hay and Douglas fir. They have two daughters, one is an RN, and the other in China for her Masters in International Studies at John Hopkins.


Dorane Brower, Vice President of Integrated Physician and Health Plan Services for Adventist Health and President of HealthCare Resources NW Dorane Brower
Vice President of Integrated Physician and Health Plan Services for Adventist Health and President of HealthCare Resources NW

Dorane Brower is the Vice President of Integrated Physician and Health Plan Services for Adventist Health and President of HealthCare Resources NW. In her current role, Ms. Brower is responsible for the 34 primary and specialty care clinics, 118 providers and the team that deliver the triple aim through whole-person care for our patients every day. She is integrating health plan and delivery of care functions to improve outcomes.

Before joining Adventist Health, Ms. Brower served as the vice president of sales for Regence BlueCross and BlueShield of Oregon. In this role, she was responsible for sales and account management to all lines of business which range from direct to consumer through national account products. Prior to that, Ms. Brower served as the vice president of marketing and sales for BlueCross and BlueShield of New Mexico where, in addition to sales and account management, she was responsible for marketing, communications and public relations. She has worked in the health care industry for more than 30 years.

Ms. Brower received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of New Mexico and a second bachelor’s of science degree in business from the University of Phoenix. Ms. Brower serves on the Adventist Health Foundation board, the Oregon Mentors board, and the Gresham Chamber of Commerce Board. She is also a fellow of the Life Management Institute.


Mark Perry, Vice Presidnt, Finance, Adventist Medical Center Mark Perry
Chief Financial Officer
Adventist Health Medical Group

Mark Perry is the chief financial officer for Adventist Health Medical Group in Portland, Ore. He oversees the management of finance, patient business, materials, medical information, information systems, compliance, HIPAA and properties.

Prior to joining Adventist Medical Center in 1991, Perry held various financial management positions throughout the Adventist Health System, including stints at Hinsdale, Ill., and Shawnee Mission, Kan. He also served as vice president for finance at Hialeah Hospital in Hialeah, Fla.

Perry holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Walla Walla College in College Place, Wash., and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore. He is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.