Lebanon hospital leadership changing in Samaritan corporate restructuring

Samaritan Health Services recently consolidated its senior leadership structure to better reflect a redesigned health model that focuses on keeping people healthy as part of health care reform, the company reported.

Larry Mullins, president and CEO of Samaritan Health, told employees last week that the consolidation starts with his own position.

Mullins announced that he will again serve as CEO at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, on an interim basis, in addition to continuing his system-wide leadership responsibilities.

Serving with Mullins will be Becky Pape, CEO at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, who will assume the additional role of chief operating officer at Good Sam.

Good Samaritan’s previous CEO, Steve Jasperson, will be Samaritan’s Vice President of Southern California Operations, overseeing clinical programs in conjunction with Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif. Western, a private, not-for-profit university, operates a number of graduate-level health professions programs including medical schools in Pomona and on the Samaritan Health Sciences Campus in Lebanon.

“This position is critical to our developing relationship with Western and its medical schools in Lebanon and Pomona,” Mullins said of Jasperson’s new role.

With Pape’s additional responsibilities at Good Sam, Marty Cahill will become the chief operating officer at the hospital in Lebanon.

Cahill is the CEO at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City, and will divide his time between the two critical-access hospitals, Mullins said.

Although Mullins did not announce senior leadership changes at the Samaritan-affiliated hospitals in Albany or Newport, he said the entire team will be asked to assume additional responsibilities in order to support the changes he has outlined.

“These actions will reduce operating costs, keeping Samaritan strong for the future and better able to continue to fulfill its mission of building healthier communities,” Mullins said.