Memorial Names Next CEO


Contact: Leif Ergeson, Memorial Communications: 509.575.8116

Memorial Names Next CEO

July 29, 2013–(Yakima, Wash.) Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Board Chairman, Bill Dolsen, today announced that Russ Myers, Memorial’s current Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, has been selected to become the President/CEO upon Rick Linneweh’s retirement. Linneweh, the current CEO of Memorial, announced his plans for retirement in January, 2014 after 37 years of service.

Myers will assume his role as CEO on January 21, 2014. He joined Memorial in 1989 as a Management Analyst and served as a Vice President over the course of his 24 years with Memorial. In his latest post as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, he has successfully managed general operations for Memorial and its Family of Services, helping make it one of the premiere health care systems in Central Washington.

“After 37 years of faithful service from Rick Linneweh, we knew we needed someone with a strong vision and the same passion for Memorial and the Yakima community that Rick has,” said Bill Dolsen, Memorial Board of Directors chairman. “We have that in Russ and are confident that he will continue to lead Memorial on the path toward success.”

For his part, Myers said he’s looking forward to the challenges of taking over the top spot at Memorial. “It is an honor and privilege to assume the CEO position at Memorial effective Jan 21, 2014,” he said. “I have worked closely with Rick for 24 years and have learned a great deal from him during that time. Memorial, like all health care organizations across the US, has a daunting task ahead — to be ready for the many provisions of the Affordable Care Act.  Because of Rick’s leadership, Board leadership and the incredible staff at Memorial, we are well on our way,” commented Myers.

“For now however, and until January of 2014, I will continue in my current role as Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, making sure we meet our organizational goals and assist in the development of plans that will allow Memorial to serve this community as it has for the last 60+ years. I look forward to working with our team, with our community’s leaders and to continuing to support our patients,” added Myers.

Among other responsibilities and accomplishments, Myers has led Memorial’s Strategic Planning and the pursuit of Performance Excellence using the National Baldrige criteria, considered the highest standard for hospital systems.

Myers went through a rigorous evaluation process by the community-led board before it made the decision to appoint him as Memorial’s next CEO.

“Russ’ strong vision for the future of health care and what it means for the Yakima community, proven leadership qualities, and understanding and appreciation of Memorial’s unmatched culture make him the right choice,” said Dolsen.

“Rick and Russ have worked collaboratively for more than two decades to make Memorial what it is today. We felt as a board that especially in this time of health care change and uncertainty, it was critical to have a leader that knows Memorial’s culture and understands our vision for the future. Memorial is well positioned to continue to provide Central Washington residents with premier health care services under Russ’ leadership.”


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