Tuality Healthcare President and CEO, Dick Stenson, announces retirement

September 13, 2013

For immediate release
Contact:  Gerry Ewing / 503-681-1654

[Hillsboro, OR] Tuality Healthcare President and CEO Dick Stenson announced today that he will be handing off his leadership responsibilities to his long-time co-executive on November 15th. He has served in that role since June of 1992. Stenson will be succeeded as President and CEO by Manny Berman, who has extensive knowledge of Tuality, having joined Tuality on Labor Day 1983. Berman is the current Administrator and Chief Operating Officer of Tuality Healthcare. At the request of the Tuality Board, Stenson will remain as a Special Advisor to the Board through next February, when he will retire.

Stenson has led Tuality in the development of award-winning and innovative patient care programs, including development of the Hillsboro Health & Education District, a collaborative involving Tuality Healthcare, Pacific University, Virginia Garcia, The City of Hillsboro and TriMet. He also was the leader in developing Tuality’s Breast Health Center, which features state-of-the-art digital mammography equipment, The Tuality/OHSU Cancer Center, award-winning stroke and cardiac service lines and Tuality Health Alliance. Through innovative collaborations with Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, Pacific University, Community Action Organization, and the Washington County Commission on Children and Families and others, Stenson has shaped Tuality's focus on community health care and wellness throughout western Washington County. Another program that has blossomed under Stenson’s leadership is the ¡Salud! Service program to provide outreach health care screening and services to migrant families in our area. The ¡Salud! program, sponsored by the Tuality Healthcare Foundation, is funded by Oregon’s premier, nationally recognized Pinot Noir wine auction every November.

In a letter to all hospital staff and employees, Stenson said that after 22 years, this was "the best time to plan my retirement and let someone else lead the next charge", which will include an aggressive new long-range strategic plan focused on Tuality's growth in a changing market place. “Having worked with Manny for all these years, I know I am leaving Tuality and the community’s health care leadership in very capable hands.” Stenson, 66, plans to spend more time with his family, playing music with different groups, and increasing the number of motorcycle rides with friends.

Darell Lumaco M.D., Chair of the Tuality Healthcare Board said "The Tuality Healthcare board is grateful for the leadership Dick Stenson has provided and his unwavering commitment to the special role we play as a Community Hospital in the health and wellness of our entire community, including our most vulnerable members.”

One of Stenson’s desires is to keep Tuality an independent, community hospital that partners with other organizations to bring the best health services to the community at the lowest cost. He is also a supporter of the Tuality Forest Grove Hospital. In Stenson’s 20+ years in charge Tuality has seen its facilities and employees grow significantly.

Before coming to Tuality, Dick Stenson was Administrator of Straub Clinic & Hospital and Straub Health Plan in Honolulu for 17 years. At Tuality, Stenson has been active in community affairs, serving as Chair of several organizations, including Portland Community College Foundation, Hillsboro Community Foundation, Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, Washington County Community Action and Oregon Health Forum. Stenson helped lead Oregon's health reform "transformation" by Chairing the Delivery System Committee of the Health Fund board. Additionally, Stenson has been a strong supporter of the Hillsboro Hops Baseball team. Tuality serves as the official healthcare sponsor of the Hillsboro Hops.