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Providence hires new chief executive

Providence Health & Services has hired the former CEO of a multiple-campus hospital in California's Silicon Valley to lead its Southern Oregon operations.

Tomi Ryba, president and CEO of El Camino Hospital between 2011 and 2016, was named chief executive for Providence's Southern Oregon region that also draws patients from Northern California. Her tenure begins Dec. 4. She succeeds Cindy Mayo, who retired in August after a four-year stint.

“Providence Medford Medical Center has a time-honored respected tradition of providing high quality, compassionate care,” Ryba said in a statement. “It will be a privilege to work in these communities alongside physicians and staff who are fulfilling the promise of the Providence mission, while we shape the future for a healthier community.”

El Camino's Los Gatos and Mountain View campuses were in growth mode during Ryba's tenure, and the nonprofit organization was rapidly moving forward on a third location in south San Jose when its elected board unanimously voted to not renew her five-year contract during a closed-door session in August 2016. According to a press release issued at the time, both parties were "in agreement" when it came to parting ways.

The Mountain View Voice reported the hospital board a month later awarded Ryba a $223,673 performance bonus, in addition to her $800,300 salary. She officially stepped down at the end of October 2016.

Ryba's prior  roles include being a hospital administrator in California’s Riverside General Hospital, chief operating officer at both Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center and UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco, president of St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, California, and senior vice president of Allina and president of United Hospital and Clinics in Minnesota.

“Tomi’s deep level of experience and her passion for caregivers and patients will make her an excellent leader for our Providence services in Southern Oregon,” said Theron Park, chief executive, delivery systems for Providence in Oregon, in a statement.

Ryba has served on the national noard of directors for medical data base firm Premier, on the Beta Insurance board, as well as Anthem Blue Cross board, Hospital Council of Northern and Central California and California Hospital Association.

— Reach reporter Greg Stiles at 541-776-4463 or business@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GregMTBusiness, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/greg.stiles.31.

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