Longtime Providence leader Dave Underriner has been named the new chief executive for its Oregon region.

Underriner, a West Linn resident, replaces Greg Van Pelt, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

In making the announcement, Providence group presidents Rod Hochman, M.D. and Mike Butler noted Underriner’s commitment to Providence’s mission.

“That commitment combined with his operational acumen, will position Dave well as he continues our successful track record of excellence and compassionate service to our communities,” they said.

“Providence has always been a part of my life,” said Underriner. He was born at Providence’s Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Wash. His father, Tom, worked in that same hospital and later became the first lay leader of St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, now known as Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. Tom Underriner hired Greg Van Pelt, who 10 years later hired Dave Underriner and now turns the reins over to him.

Professionally, Dave Underriner began with Providence in 1984 as an administrative intern. He has served in a variety of leadership roles in clinical services, hospitals and service area operations to his current role as chief operating officer for Oregon.

“I am truly honored to be able to carry forward the mission and heritage of the Sisters of Providence by leading the Oregon region,” he said.

Underriner graduated from Oregon State University, and received his master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Washington. He assumes his new role on April 15.

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