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OHSU, Salem Health begin affiliation Oct. 1.



Additional members of the management team have been announced for the new partnership between Oregon Health & Science University and Salem Health.

The affiliation between the organizations, which operate hospitals in Portland and Salem, was made public last month as OHSU Partners. It is not a merger; the two organizations will retain separate governing boards.

The partnership takes effect Oct. 1.

Two of the four new executives are from Salem Health or its board, and the other two from OHSU.

They are:

• Cort R. Garrison as chief information officer. He holds the same position at Salem Health, and will be in charge of integrating information technology.

• Thomas Yackel as chief clinical integration officer. He is currently vice president, chief clinical officer and associate dean for clinical practice at OHSU.

• Michael A. Hill as chief strategy officer. He is currently vice president for strategic services at OHSU, and will come up with short- and long-term strategic plans, including integration of clinical work and priorities.

• Pamela Vukovich as interim chief financial officer while a nationwide search is conducted. She is on the Salem Health board, and was chief financial officer and interim president and chief executive officer of Legacy Health System. She will advise the chief executive of OHSU Partners on financial matters.

The top officers were announced last month.

Peter Rapp of OHSU is the chief executive officer and Norm Gruber of Salem Health is the president of OHSU Partners. Cheryl Wolfe is the site executive for Salem, and Cindy Grueber is the interim site executive for OHSU.

OHSU, a public corporation since 1995 that retains state support, and Salem Health will retain their governing boards. Employees — 14,616 at OHSU, and about 3,900 at Salem Health — will continue to work for separate organizations.

OHSU, one of the largest Portland-area employers, has 576 licensed beds, 528 of which are staffed.

Salem Health, the largest private employer in the state capital, has 454 licensed acute-care beds. In addition to Salem Hospital, it also operates West Valley Hospital in Dallas, Monmouth Medical Center, and clinics and other operations in Salem and Keizer.

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