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CHI Mercy Health Announces New CEO and President, Russell J. Woolley

10:56 PM · Aug 7, 2023

CommonSpirit Health’s Pacific Northwest Division President, Ketul Patel, announced today CHI Mercy Health in Roseburg, Oregon has new leadership. Russell J. Woolley has been selected as the new President and CEO after the retirement of Kelly Morgan, who retired in May of this year. Russ comes to Mercy from Virginia Mason Franciscan Health’s St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, Washington, where he is currently vice president and chief operating officer. His tentative start date will be October 2, 2023. Russ joined VMFH in 2016, after serving as vice president of operations at University of Colorado Health in Fort Collins, Colo. Board-certified in healthcare management, Russ is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He graduated from Brigham Young University and holds master’s degrees in health management & policy and in finance from the University of Michigan. “We are excited to keep Russ in the CommonSpirit Health family and know he is the right person to steer Mercy as it expands to serve the growing community in Douglas County,” said Ketul Patel, President of PNW Division, CommonSpirit Health. “We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Dr. Jason Gray who stepped into the interim CEO role at Mercy after Kelly’s retirement in May. Dr. Gray has been chief medical officer at Mercy for the past 12 years and brought stability to Mercy during the search process.” Russ and his wife and four children are looking forward to being active members of our community and exploring Douglas County. Via CHI Mercy Release

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