Since August, Lori James-Nielsen has worked as the hospital's interim chief operating officer.

          Tuality Healthcare has announced its new president, following the departure of longtime leader Manny Berman.

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, the hospital announced that Lori James-Nielsen would take over immediately at the organization.

Since August, James-Nielsen has served as interim chief operating officer and chief nursing officer.

James-Nielsen replaces Berman, who retired this month. Berman led the nonprofit, community-based hospital for four years, but served as the hospital's chief operations officer for 30 years.

Berman spearheaded plans to partner with Oregon Health & Science University hospital in 2016. The two hospitals share clinical services, which are managed by OHSU Healthcare. The hospitals first worked together in 2002 with the opening of the Tuality/OHSU Cancer Center in Hillsboro, near Tuality Community Hospital.

James-Nielsen previously served as OHSU hospital's vice president of operations and worked to integrate OHSU with Tuality.

"Since joining Tuality Healthcare, Lori has worked to advance performance improvement initiatives to deliver operational and strategic success," the hospital said in a written statement. "Her appointment follows a selection process that included a national search and interviews with senior leadership at Tuality and OHSU, as well as members of the Tuality Healthcare board and medical staff."

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