PeaceHealth Names Richard DeCarlo as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Richard DeCarlo has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer of PeaceHealth, a not-for-profit health system with nearly 16,000 caregivers and more than 900 providers serving communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

DeCarlo has more than 25 years of progressive, not-for-profit, mission-based healthcare leadership experience in hospital operations and strategic development. DeCarlo brings a deep understanding of healthcare operations, clinical excellence and community health and wellness. As COO, he will report directly to PeaceHealth President and CEO, Liz Dunne. His experience will be instrumental as PeaceHealth continues to focus on continuous improvement of operations, quality outcomes and providing safe, compassionate care. Richard believes strongly in servant leadership and development of service excellence through highly engaged caregivers and providers. DeCarlo’s first day at PeaceHealth will be May 30.

DeCarlo joins PeaceHealth after spending seven years in the San Francisco Bay Area at University of California, San Francisco’s Benioff Children’s Hospital. As COO, he oversaw all operations of the combined 409-bed, $1.2B Children’s Enterprise that spans across the nine county Bay Area. DeCarlo led the effort to bring Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland under the University of California banner in a unique affiliation structure which helped increase access to care for children and their families in the community.

“My wife and I are thrilled to be joining the PeaceHealth community. I felt called to this opportunity due to PeaceHealth’s deeply held commitment to its Mission and relationship to the communities it serves. It is the opportunity of my career,” said DeCarlo. “I am honored to serve as a senior leader and help guide the great work in progress. PeaceHealth has aligned its strategic efforts to reach an even higher level of clinical excellence and patient safety across all of its communities – that commitment aligns with who I am as a person, clinician and leader, and I am truly excited about the future of healthcare in each of the communities PeaceHealth serves.”

“Richard is the epitome of a servant leader. His experience in senior administrative roles and his previous clinical experience as an emergency room nurse, ensures a deep understanding of how to approach healthcare in a way that will allow us to better pursue our Mission,” said Liz Dunne, PeaceHealth president and chief executive officer. “Our healthcare ministry recently reaffirmed our commitment to strengthening clinical excellence and patient safety by reaching new heights in the years ahead, and Richard is the perfect addition to our leadership team and our efforts to make the communities we serve in the Pacific Northwest the healthiest communities in the nation.”

DeCarlo started his career in healthcare as an emergency room nurse in Southern California before stepping in to various leadership roles at hospitals across the state of California. He first joined UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in 2010 as executive vice president, chief hospital operations of the Oakland Campus, before assuming the role of COO for the Children’s Enterprise. Before that, he spent 18 years at MemorialCare Health System, serving in a variety of leadership roles, including COO of Miller Children’s Hospital from 2006 to 2010. DeCarlo spent the first nine years with MemorialCare at Anaheim Memorial Medical Center in a variety of leadership roles focused on ambulatory operations and emergency services.

In addition to his work in healthcare, Richard is committed to community service and philanthropic support at each of the organizations where he has served. Richard worked with Rebuild Together Oakland to develop and support a build team, and worked on homes in the surrounding community as a team member. Richard has also supported children’s art in healthcare through Artful Healing, a program to bring the healing qualities of art to patients. He has also been a donor and supporter of children’s services for the more than 15 years he has been working in children’s hospitals.

DeCarlo and his wife, Sharon, are excited to be relocating to Vancouver, Wash., and becoming active members of the close-knit community.

About PeaceHealth
PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers, a laboratory system, and 10 medical centers. PeaceHealth was founded in 1890 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace to fill a need for health care services in the Pacific Northwest. The Sisters shared financial and personnel resources to open new hospitals. They shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of collaboration and stewardship in fulfilling its Mission.