Greg Van Pelt to retire

After 38 years with Providence Health & Services, Greg Van Pelt, Oregon chief executive, is announcing his retirement.

"I have been blessed that the hand of Providence led us here, held us and supported us for 38 years," says Van Pelt. "As one ministry committed to excellence, the path is clear for Providence, and Oregon is well on the way in its transformation journey."

Van Pelt began with Providence as an administrative intern at Providence St. Vincent, where he would later become administrator. He led Providence Health Plan during significant growth, brought in two new Providence hospitals in Seaside and Newberg, and worked with leaders to develop obstetric services at Providence Portland and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Providence St. Vincent. He also was the founding chair of the Ministry Leadership Center, a national model dedicated to preserving the heritage of Catholic health care. Van Pelt also spent nine years as an executive at Providence ministries in Washington, including leading health care operations as senior vice president for the entire Providence health system, before returning to Oregon as chief executive.

Within the community, Van Pelt was instrumental in starting Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center for the poor and underserved. He was a member of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber’s health care transformation work group, a board member of the Oregon Health Leadership Council and chair of its Oregon Health Plan redesign and financial sustainability work group. A key leader in Oregon health care reform, Van Pelt helped develop Health Share of Oregon CCO, with a goal to expand access to health services for hundreds of thousands of Oregonians.

"Greg has been successful because he has kept our Mission and values at the core of everything he does, during good economic times and challenging times," said Providence Health & Services President John Koster, M.D. "I am grateful to Greg for his friendship and years of dedicated service to our Mission."

Van Pelt will remain in his chief executive role through June or until a successor is named.