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.


Don Welch, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Adventist Medical Center

Don Welch
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Adventist Medical Center

Don Welch is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Adventist Medical Center and is the Chief Financial Officer for the Northwest Region of Adventist Health.

Prior to assuming his role with Adventist Health, Welch was the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer with Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. At Florida Hospital, Welch focused on engagement, quality, financial performance and growth. Welch also served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Central Texas Medical Center where he focused on improving finances and improving access.

Welch holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Crummer Graduate School of Business in Winter Park, FL.

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.


David Tkachuck, AVP Dave Tkachuck
Vice President of Support Services and Business Development
Adventist Medical Center

Dave Tkachuck is vice president of support services and business development 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, Laboratory Services, Clinical Engineering, Safety & Security, Plant Services and Environmental Services.

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. Dave 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, 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, 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, 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.

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. 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.


Ralph ProwsRalph Prows, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Adventist Health Medical Group

Dr. Ralph Prows is the chief medical office for Adventist Health Medical Group. In that role he provides vision, direction, education and oversight to the network of 34 clinics and 133 providers in the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area.
 
Dr. Prows has more than 25 years of medical experience, serving as a board certified internal medicine physician and as an experienced leader and administrator for both clinic systems and health plans. He earned a medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his residency in internal medicine from Oschner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans.
 
Prows comes most recently from New Orleans where he was president and CEO of the Ochsner Health Network, a clinically integrated network of hospitals and health systems in the Gulf South. He has also served as the president and chief executive officer for Oregon’s Health CO-OP, and was one of the key founders for the accountable care organization. Prior to that, he worked as the chief medical officer for The Regence Group where he was responsible for strategy and execution of medical quality and clinical care. He was also the first full-time medical director for The Corvallis Clinic where he later served as chief executive officer.
 
He enjoys cycling, live music, wooden boats and volunteer work in the health care field.