Providence announces new regional chief executive for Northern California

SANTA ROSA, CA – Nov. 29, 2021 — Providence, Northern California is excited to announce that Laureen Driscoll will become the regional chief executive, effective Jan. 17, 2022. Ms. Driscoll will be responsible for leading a region that includes six hospitals – Santa Rosa Memoria Hospital, Petaluma Valley Hospital, Healdsburg Hospital, Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, and St. Joseph Hospital and Redwood Memorial Hospital, both in Humboldt County – and a host of additional ambulatory facilities, medical offices, and health care services.

“We are thrilled to have such an experienced leader join our outstanding Northern California team,” said Erik Wexler, president of Operations and Strategy for Providence. “Laureen’s combination of clinical and leadership expertise along with her compassionate nature and proven ability to inspire complex organizations to greatness will help us further our outstanding care throughout the Northern California communities we serve.” 

Ms. Driscoll’s successful health care career began as a nurse and includes increasingly demanding leadership roles. She currently serves as president of Tacoma General and Allenmore Hospitals and is the West Pierce and Kitsap market leader for MultiCare Health System in Tacoma, Wash. Prior to this, she was president of MultiCare Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Wash. She also served as vice president of operations on joining MultiCare to help lead the integration of their acquisition of Rockwood Health System.  

“I have dedicated my career to caring for people in need and the pursuit of health care excellence,” said Ms. Driscoll. “I’m excited to continue my professional journey at Providence, where community-centered care is supported by a broad and deep collection of outstanding health care services. My husband John and I are also looking forward to living in Northern California and enjoying the beauty, culture, and people of this incredible region.”

About Providence

Providence is a national, not-for-profit Catholic health system comprising a diverse family of organizations and driven by a belief that health is a human right. With 52 hospitals, over 1,000 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing, and many other health and educational services, the health system and its partners employ more than 120,000 caregivers serving communities across seven states – Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington, with system offices in Renton, Wash., and Irvine, Calif. Learn about our vision of health for a better world at

Providence in Northern California is an integrated delivery network that includes six hospitals: Providence Queen of the Valley Medical Center (Napa County), Providence St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka and Providence Redwood Memorial Hospital (Humboldt County), Providence Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Petaluma Valley Hospital and Healdsburg Hospital (Sonoma County). These hospitals work collaboratively with one another, as well as numerous outpatient facilities, affiliated physicians, and Providence Medical Group providers, to ensure patients receive the highest level of care, close to home.

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