OAHHS CEO: The time is right for change

Today, Andy Davidson, the president and CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) announced that he would be leaving his post at the end of 2019. Davidson, who has run the statewide association representing all hospitals in the state since 2005, announced his decision to hospital members yesterday.

“I deeply cherish the working relationships and friendships that I have developed over the last 13 years with my staff, community hospital leaders and their boards,” said Mr. Davidson. “These individuals are in the trenches 24/7/365, focused on their patients and caregivers, despite the policy, political and marketplace changes going on around them. But the time is right for a change.”

Mr. Davidson has accomplished a tremendous amount for Oregon’s hospitals and the patients they serve during his tenure as president and CEO.  His commitment to transforming Oregon’s health care system has taken many forms including,

  • Early work with lawmakers and Governor John Kitzhaber around the design of Oregon’s Coordinated Care Model;
  • The creation of the state’s Hospital Transformation Performance Program (HTPP) that provided incentives to hospitals for ensuring better outcomes for their patients;
  • The creation of the NW Safety and Quality Partnership, a regional patient safety and quality program focused on better outcomes and safer care across all hospitals in Oregon and Washington;
  • Proactive initiatives aimed at helping patients find easier access to estimated costs for procedures at an Oregon hospital; and
  • Strongly advocating for hospitals to adopt voluntary policies that enabled more Oregonians with higher incomes to qualify for their free and reduced cost charity care programs.

“My wife, Margot, and I are excited to explore the next chapter of our lives now that we are empty nesters,” added Mr. Davidson. “We’ve been thinking about it for a couple of years and I suspect we will both be involved in work with the health care community in new and different ways that focus on strengthening the bond between the patient, the community and health care system. In the meantime, we’ve got a lot of work to do in the upcoming state legislative session with a focus on the state budget and with Congress, in light of last week’s federal court ruling threating the future of the Affordable Care Act.”

“As the President and CEO of OAHHS, Andy has been an exceptional leader; building a truly remarkable organization to support and advocate for Oregon hospitals and improving health for all Oregonians,” said Carol Bradley, MSN, RN, CENP, Chair of the OAHHS Board of Trustees and SVP Chief Nursing Officer, Legacy Health. “His commitment and steadfast support of transforming our health care delivery system has helped place Oregon at the forefront of healthcare. All of our member hospitals deeply appreciate his many years of leadership and contribution to Oregon’s hospitals.  Following a national search, we look forward to a smooth transition with new leadership by the end of 2019.”

The OAHHS Board of Trustees recently met and decided to conduct a nation-wide search for Davidson’s replacement. That search will begin in earnest in early 2019, with an expected announcement of a successor late in the year.

“I’ve seen many leaders over the course of my 36 years in health care, but few have the vision and the leadership skills that Andy brings,” said Paul Stewart, chair of the OAHHS Governance Committee and CEO of Sky Lakes Medical Center. “The Association will have a challenge in filling Andy’s shoes.  However, we believe this is a very attractive position and are confident we’ll have a number of capable candidates. We intend to run a comprehensive search that leads us to the next leader of our Association.”

Beyond the work at OAHHS, Mr. Davidson has also been transformative in the community, serving on the board of Portland’s Central City Concern and helping forge the Housing is Healthcare initiative to create several hundred low-income housing units with access to medical care.  He also was a founding member of CCO Oregon, a group representing the interests and best-practices of numerous CCOs across the state. He serves as a founding board member of the Oregon Health Leadership Council (OHLC), a multi-stakeholder collaborative, commissioned by the business community in 2008, to develop programs and initiatives that bend the cost curve and increase access to high quality health care for all Oregonians.

This press release was provided by the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS).