Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center welcomes new chief medical officer

Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center has a new chief medical officer.

In the past, Legacy hospitals had a system-wide chief medical officer. Now, since May 1, each Legacy system has its own.

“The positions were created to work closely with hospital presidents and chief nurses to promote safe, high-quality clinical care and operations, as well as contribute to strategy, growth and medical center and service area operations,” said Seth Podolsky, Legacy. Senior Vice President of Health.

Greg Saunders, a family physician who has worked for Legacy since 2008, will fill the position at Salmon Creek Medical Center.

Saunders has held numerous leadership positions at Legacy Health, most recently as Regional Medical Director of Primary Care. He graduated from the University of Washington Medical School and completed an internship and residency at the University of Wisconsin Medical School at Saint Mary’s Hospital. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and recently practiced at Legacy Medical Group Camas and Fishers Landing.

“I’ve been in the community for a long time, but I’m new to Salmon Creek,” he said.

Originally from Alaska, Saunders looks forward to getting to know the Pacific Northwest community better.

“Over the past 14 years, I have noticed that Legacy Health has always lived up to its goal of doing the right thing,” he said. “Being part of this mission to protect and strengthen our community is something I look forward to.”

As chief medical officer, Saunders will be responsible for connecting staff and physicians, as well as connecting providers across Clark County. He will work regularly with the President and the Chief Nursing Officer of the hospital to improve hospital operations.

“We went through this horrible time as a country with the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said. “Our quality and safety remain high at Salmon Creek, but now is the time to make some improvements. Strengthening our quality initiatives is the biggest task ahead of us, along with supporting providers and improving their lives. »

Saunders’ main goal in the new role is to be a champion of equality and safety, he said.

“As an ambulatory physician, I spent many years on quality boards and committees, and admired the work we do here at Legacy,” he said. “We’re very focused on excellence in patient care and being a good partner in the community, and that’s something I plan to continue.”

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