Two more executives leave PeaceHealth

Dr. Michael Murphy, PeaceHealth senior vice president and chief medical officer, and Gordon Edwards, system vice president of finance and Columbia Network CFO, are the latest in top leadership positions to announce their departure from the PeaceHealth system.

These departures follow the August 14th appointment of Elizabeth Dunne as the system’s new President and CEO. Dunne replaced long-time CEO Alan Yordy after an eight-month long search which began when Yordy announced his retirement in December. Yordy had been with PeaceHealth for 25 years.

Dr. Murphy joined PeaceHealth only two and half months ago in a position that was newly created at the system level. He came from a post as vice president of medical affairs for Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford. His position was envisioned to collaborate closely with Victoria King, the system’s new chief nursing officer. Dr. Murphy’s next career move has not been disclosed.

Gordon Edwards joined the system in 2013 from his post as CFO of Gundersen Health System in Wisconsin and Vice President of Legacy Health in Portland. Edwards intends to return to Wisconsin, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.

State of Reform has been tracking PeaceHealth’s transitions closely, reporting in May that there had been as many as 20 departures of senior executive and board leadership since the appointment of Beth O’Brien as chief operating officer in July of this year.

PeaceHealth responded to this comment by saying that “PeaceHealth is moving purposefully toward building a strong, integrated system that is prepared to take on population health. When an organization makes changes of this magnitude, it’s expected that leadership changes will take place as well.”

PeaceHealth is a not for profit health system with approximately 16,000 caregivers, more than 900 physicians and providers, and 10 medical centers.