Women and Children’s leader John McDonald, M.D., to retire

By Kevin Olson, M.D., chief executive, Providence Clinical Programs and Services, Oregon

During his long career of caring for women and children, Dr. John McDonald delivered hundreds of babies, started Providence’s Neonatal Intensive Care Units at Providence Portland and Providence St. Vincent medical centers, served more than 15 years on our Community Ministry Board, and led the growth of many programs and services that care for our communities.

Dr. McDonald has graciously agreed to stay with us until March 1, 2021, to ensure we continue his legacy of excellent, compassionate care for women and children’s health.  He has been working with his team to plan for the transition. We will celebrate him closer to his retirement, and we’ll be sure to show our gratitude for his decades of contributions.

In the meantime, please join me in congratulating Dr. McDonald on his dedication and commitment to Providence. His shoes will be hard to fill, and we will miss him.

Words of gratitude from Dr. McDonald

“It is difficult to describe in a few words the impact that my association with the people of Providence has had in my development as a physician, a leader, a person. I have been blessed to work with so many who have shared and shaped my values and given me the means to help the teams of which I have been a part put ideas into action for the betterment of our community. 

I have been allowed to be innovative, to learn together with others and to play a role in mentoring others. As I think back on the many organizational accomplishments with which I have been involved, I feel a deep sense of satisfaction in recalling how we went about our work as much as what we achieved – in essence, how we developed and nourished our Providence culture. I will always be grateful to the many remarkable people I have had the joy of knowing and working with at Providence.”

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