By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Ordyna leaving WVMC for Pocatello post

“Being in hospital administration, you’re very nomadic,” said Ordyna, who has spent seven years at WVMC, first as chief operating officer and then as chief executive officer, after the retirement of Rosemari Davis in 2011. He said the chance to live closer to his parents and those of his wife, Holly, was the main reason for the decision.

The hospital said it would be conducting a national search for a replacement.

Portneuf is a joint venture of the LHP Hospital Group and Portneuf Health Care Foundation. A 12-member board manages it as a community benefit organization.

Relatively isolated in Eastern Idaho, far from the state’s principal population center, it features 187 beds. That compares with 88 for WVMC, or less than half.

“This is certainly a time of mixed emotions for me,” Ordyna said. But he said, “I’m excited about a new professional opportunity that allows my family to relocate closer to home. It will allow Holly and me to be closer to our parents, and enable our five children to get to know their grandparents, as we’ll be within two hours of all four.”

The announcement was made in a joint statement issued Monday by the hospital’s board of trustees and its for-profit parent firm, Capella Healthcare.

Ordyna said that in his time as CEO, he’s appreciated being able to add to the already positive culture he inherited. The hospital’s mission statement — “You matter. Amazing care every time” — is something the staff really buys into, he said.

During his turn at the helm, the hospital has earned several accolades, including national certification from The Joint Commission for its knee and hip replacement surgery in 2013, a set of A ratings on the Hospital Safety Score report from The Leapfrog Group in 2012-13, and eleven 5-star ratings from HealthGrades earlier this year.

The hospital recently became the first in Oregon to introduce cutting-edge 3D tomosynthesis mammography. In recent months, it has also introduced a comprehensive electronic medical record system and opened a new Senior Behavioral Health Services facility.

Ordyna and his family moved to McMinnville from Texas. His youngest children, twins who are almost 7 now, were delivered at WVMC. His three other children are 15, 13 and 10.

“We’ve absolutely adored the community and people,” he said. “That’s what we’ll miss the most.”

Dr. Paul Haddeland, a family physician serving as chair of the hospital board, and Mark Medley, president of Capella’s hospital division, both thanked Ordyna for his service and wished him and his family success in their new endeavors.

“As with all outstanding leaders, Dan is leaving this organization in better condition than when he arrived, with improvements in quality measures, patient satisfaction and market share growth,” Medley said.

Capella is expected to name an interim CEO while it conducts a search for a permanent replacement.

Otherwise, it will be business as usual. “We will continue to focus all our efforts on providing the best care possible for the people of McMinnville and surrounding areas,” Haddeland assured the public.

Ordyna served as a charter representative of the Boy Scouts of America. He has served on the board of the Kids on the Block after-school program and the WVMC Cancer Center Foundation, and been active in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University and a law degree from the University of Idaho.

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