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Meet Lisa Vance, Providence Chief Executive of Oregon

Lisa Vance, Providence Chief Executive of OregonEducation and training

• Undergraduate: University of Oregon

• Master's: City University, Bellevue, WA

Where did you grow up?

Medford, Oregon

Why did you choose Providence to build your career?

I admired the Mission and values of Providence and the incredible people who commit their life to improving the health of our communities.

What is your dream for Providence in Oregon?

First, Providence can be the leader in improving health and access to health care for our communities as we achieve our vision: Health for a Better World.

Second, Providence will transform the future of health by incorporating new tools and technologies, partnering with community organizations and businesses, and listening to our customers. That means achieving the health care value proposition as measured by VALUE = Quality / Patient Experience OVER Cost

What are your hobbies?

My family and friends are a very big part of my favorite hobbies.

I also like to golf, work out, cycle, go wine tasting and travel.

What's a great memory or experience you've had while working at Providence?

I've had so many! I had the wonderful opportunity early in my career to work with many Sisters of Providence who were still in our hospitals. These women were unwavering in their call to the poor and vulnerable.

They also were very good business people who always made sure our No. 1 priority was carrying out our Mission. I was really inspired.

Today, while not as present, they urge us to carry forth their heritage. It's very rewarding to heed their call, modernize our hospitals and services to care for patients as whole persons, and build for the future.

Why does philanthropy matter to your work?

Traditional health care financing does not include funding for research, innovation, advanced technology and care of the poor. Philanthropy allows us to collaborate with grateful patients, generous donors, community partners, businesses, industry and others to grow quality services and seek cures through innovation and research.

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