Leadership

Tom Russell, President and CEO of Adventist Medical Center Thomas Russell
President and Chief Executive Officer
Adventist Medical Center

Tom Russell is the president and CEO of Adventist Medical Center and oversees the network of Adventist Health services throughout the Portland, OR Metro area. In his role, he also serves as chairman of the board for Tillamook County General Hospital and facilitates the development of Adventist Health Services in the Northwest and is a member of the Adventist Health Executive Committee. He has over 32 years of health care management experience and his leadership continues to transform and improve the delivery of healthcare. Under his leadership, Adventist Medical Center has been recognized for performing in the top 5% of hospitals in the nation for patient safety. He actively advocates for the interests of health care for patients serving as a member of the OAHHS public policy committee and serving as co-chair of the OHPAC.

Mr. Russell holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts from Union College in Lincoln, NE and an M.B.A. from Southern Adventist University in Tennessee. He is a Founding Board Member of Health Share of Oregon, the largest Community Care Organization in Oregon and serves as a member of it’s Governance Committee. He received the 2012 American Hospital Association’s Grassroots Champion award and is a member of the Health Policy Committee for the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. He is a passionate advocate for patient centered care on numerous corporate and community committees and is a member of the American College of HealthCare Executives.

 

 

Steve Kinzer, CEO of Adventist Health Medical Group Steve Kinzer
Chief Executive Officer
Adventist Health / Medical Group

Steve Kinzer is CEO for Adventist Health/Medical Group, a division of Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Ore. He oversees the management of a multispecialty medical group consisting of more than 35 clinics and more than 125 providers. Additional roles in contractual management arrangements with five local multi-specialty clinics affiliated with Adventist Medical Center.

Prior to joining Adventist Health/Medical Group in 1998, Kinzer was the administrative director for perioperative services at Virginia Mason Medical Center, supervising hospital-based and outpatient physician clinics in surgery and medicine. Previously, he laid the foundation for his career with Adventist Medical Center, originally joining the center in 1980, by developing the Home Health Agency program. Additional assignments during his initial tenure with the center included critical care unit educator, orthopedic unit supervisor, and director of critical care, operating room and PACU.

Kinzer holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Walla Walla College in College Place, Wash., and a Master of Science in nursing administration from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. He is a member of the Medical Group Management Association and the American Medical Group Association.

 

Ron Benfield, COO, Adventist Medical Center Ron Benfield
Vice President and Interim Chief Financial Officer
Adventist Medical Center

Ron Benfield is Vice President and interim Chief Financial Officer at Adventist Medical Center and brings more than 30 years of health care leadership experience. He oversees the management of finance, registration, patient business, materials management, health information management, case management, information systems and HIPAA compliance.

He is an active member of professional and civic organizations, including American College of Healthcare Executives and Healthcare Financial Management Association. He serves on the Portland board of the American Cancer Society and the board of Africa Orphan Care.

Benfield completed his undergraduate degree in business administration at Pacific Union College in Angwin, Calif. He went on to earn his M.B.A in Finance from California State University, San Bernardino, and completed Ohio State University’s executive program in healthcare management.

In his spare time, Benfield enjoys playing the cello, climbing mountains, running, biking, and traveling both domestically and abroad.

 

Cindy Nutter, CNO Cindy 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 Russell, Vice President, Business Development, Adventist Medical Center David Russell
Vice President, Operations & Business Development
Adventist Medical Center

David Russell is vice president of operations and business development for Adventist Medical Center. In this capacity, he is charged with 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.

Prior to assuming the role of vice president, Russell was the director of contracting and network development for Adventist Medical Center and Healthcare Resources Northwest. Previously, he served in a similar capacity for United Health Network (UHN), where he managed all contracting functions with the health plans and UHN panel of network providers; he also oversaw network development functions, medical management, and performance improvement services for UHN.

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.

 

Pamela Heiser, Vice President, Adventist Medical Center Pamela P. Heiser
Vice President
Adventist Medical Center

Pamela P. Heiser is a vice president at Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Ore. Since accepting her current role in 1998, Heiser has been responsible for a wide range of services, including diagnostic imaging and radiology oncology, laboratory, home health care, rehabilitation and physical therapy, wellness, hyperbaric medicine, and hospitality services. She originally joined Adventist Medical Center in 1996 as a senior clinic administrator for the primary care clinic system's hospitalist practice. Through collaborative efforts with medical directors and management staff, she worked to improve care to the diabetic population.

Prior to joining Adventist Medical Center, Heiser served as vice president of patient care services at a 225-bed community hospital in Southern California, as well as CEO of a 50-bed hospital in the same region. She began her career with Adventist Health/West in April 1984 as a director of nursing services.

Heiser received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Southern Missionary College in Collegedale, Tenn., and went on to earn a Master of Business Administration from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich.

 

David Tkachuck, AVP Dave Tkachuck
Assistant Vice President
Adventist Medical Center

Dave Tkachuck is an assistant vice president 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, Hospitalist and inpatient Palliative Care Services, Laboratory Services and our Gresham Station location.

Prior to his role as assistant 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. David is married and has three girls. In his spare time he enjoys skiing, hiking and reading. 

 

Mark Perry, Vice Presidnt, Finance, Adventist Medical Center Mark Perry
Chief Financial Officer
Adventist Health Medical Group

Mark Perry is the chief financial officer for Adventist Health Medical Group in Portland, Ore. He oversees the management of finance, patient business, materials, medical information, information systems, compliance, HIPAA and properties.

Prior to joining Adventist Medical Center in 1991, Perry held various financial management positions throughout the Adventist Health System, including stints at Hinsdale, Ill., and Shawnee Mission, Kan. He also served as vice president for finance at Hialeah Hospital in Hialeah, Fla.

Perry holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Walla Walla College in College Place, Wash., and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore. He is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

 

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