Liz Dunne named new PeaceHealth President and CEO

Elizabeth (Liz) Dunne, RD, MS, has been named president and chief executive officer for PeaceHealth, a not-for-profit health system with 16,000 caregivers serving communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Dunne, 59, will be responsible for all operations in the $2 billion system, including 10 hospitals, an 800-member multi-specialty group practice and a comprehensive laboratory.

“We are blessed to have found Liz Dunne, who is a strong executive leader with a deep connection to our mission and values,” said Sister Andrea Nenzel, chair of the PeaceHealth Board. “Her breadth of experience in strategy, partnerships and engagement will accelerate our progress in this time of change.”

Dunne is currently community chief executive officer for Providence Health & Services South Bay, Calif., region, with direct oversight for two hospitals and six care sites in Torrance and San Pedro. She has served with Providence since 2011. Previously, she held executive officer positions with City of Hope in Duarte, Calif., and Memorial Health Services in Fountain Valley, Calif., and has worked in several other healthcare organizations throughout her career. Dunne also served 10 years in the U.S. Air Force on active duty and 10 years in the Air Force Reserve, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. She is a registered dietitian and holds a master’s degree in business and computer resource management from Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.

“I am honored to be serve as President and CEO of PeaceHealth,” said Dunne. “This is an organization with a strong strategic direction and I look forward to leading the work to build upon our legacy for improving the health of our communities.”

Dunne will begin as president and chief executive officer of PeaceHealth on Nov. 1, 2015.

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 multi-specialty medical group practice with more than 900 physicians and providers, a comprehensive laboratory system, and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of its founding Sisters and continues to serve communities when invited to do so with a spirit of collaboration and stewardship.