Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital announced that Russ Myers, Memorial’s current Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, has been selected to become the President/CEO upon Rick Linneweh’s retirement.
Myers joined Memorial in 1989 as a Management Analyst and served as a Vice President over the course of his 24 years with Memorial. In his latest post as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, he has successfully managed general operations for Memorial and its Family of Services, helping make it one of the premiere health care systems in Central Washington.
For his part, Myers said he’s looking forward to the challenges of taking over the top spot at Memorial. “It is an honor and privilege to assume the CEO position at Memorial effective Jan 21, 2014,” he said. “I have worked closely with Rick for 24 years and have learned a great deal from him during that time. Memorial, like all health care organizations across the US, has a daunting task ahead — to be ready for the many provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Because of Rick’s leadership, Board leadership and the incredible staff at Memorial, we are well on our way."
Among other responsibilities and accomplishments, Myers has led Memorial’s Strategic Planning and the pursuit of Performance Excellence using the National Baldrige criteria, considered the highest standard for hospital systems.
Myers went through a rigorous evaluation process by the community-led board before it made the decision to appoint him as Memorial’s next CEO.