By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Rosemari Davis back at hospital helm

Davis will lead the staff while the company undergoes a nationwide search for a replacement for her successor, Dan Ordyna. Ordyna is leaving to become CEO at the Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho. Today will be his last day at WVMC.

Davis said the timing was good when Capella called to ask if she would return, as she and her husband, Bill, like the Yamhill Valley’s warm summers, so had no immediate travel plans. She’s expecting the search for a permanent replacement to take two to three months.

While she’s been enjoying her retirement, she said there was one thing she was really looking forward to with respect to her return: “Working with all the people.” She said, “I think the world of all the physicians and employees.”

Mark Medley, Capella’s president of hospital operations, was pleased to have Davis back to help guide the hospital over the summer. “This will ensure that progress is not interrupted as the hospital continues to focus on providing the best possible care for the people of McMinnville and the surrounding areas,” he said.

Davis spent 17 years as the hospital’s CEO at a time of tremendous growth and significant improvement in patient, employee and physician satisfaction, which has continued under Ordyna’s leadership.

The hospital has earned numerous accolades recently, including national certification from The Joint Commission for its knee and hip replacement program, “A” ratings on the Hospital Safety Score report from the Leapfrog Group and eleven five-star ratings from HealthGrades.

The hospital has also implemented an electronic medical records system and introduced Oregon’s first 3D tomosynthensis mammography program. It has also opened a new Senior Behavioral Health wing.

Ordyna served as an understudy to Davis for five years as the hospital’s chief operating officer before succeeding her. He will be moving with his wife, Holly, and their five children to an area closer to their families.

A graduate of the Barnes Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis, Davis served as a registered nurse before moving into hospital administration in the 1970s. She served as director of nursing at hospitals in Illinois and Missouri, then as administrator at hospitals in Virginia and Oklahoma, before coming to McMinnville to head WVMC in 1994.

When she was hired, she was tasked with overseeing the construction of the current hospital, which replaced McMinnville Community Hospital. In addition to her nursing credials, she holds a masters degree in administration.

“The problems and challenges never change, they just evolve,” Davis said. “I have a little catching up to do, then I’ll be good to go.”

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