Krista Farnham Named New Chief Executive of Providence Portland Medical Center

May 10, 2018


Krista Farnham has been named chief executive for Providence Portland Medical Center and will lead Providence Oregon’s eastern region. Previously, she served as the medical center’s chief operating officer.

Providence Portland Medical Center is a tertiary referral center with 483 licensed beds, more than 3,100 employees and 1,200 medical staff members. In addition to leading Providence Portland, Farnham will provide operational leadership, management and direction to Providence’s eastern region, including Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center and Providence Milwaukie Hospital.

“We are very excited about Krista moving into this leadership role at Providence Portland and the Oregon Eastern Region,” said Theron Park, chief executive, delivery systems, Providence Health & Services – Oregon. “Krista is a proven servant leader with an extensive background in health care and a true dedication to Providence.”

Farnham joined Providence as an administrative fellow in 2002, and has served in multiple leadership roles including associate administrator and then chief executive of Providence North Coast Service Area. In 2012, she joined Providence Portland as chief operating officer and recently took on the additional role of interim chief executive.

“I am excited to lead our amazing team at Providence Portland and to serve our ministries in the eastern region,” said Krista Farnham, chief executive, Providence Portland Medical Center. “We have a reputation for delivering exceptional, compassionate health care to those in need, I see it lived out every day in our hospitals. I am honored to be part of this long tradition in service to others.”

Farnham received her undergraduate degree in business administration and speech communication from University of South Dakota, Vermillion, S.D. and her masters of health care administration from University of Washington in Seattle. She and her husband, Steve, have two young sons, Conner and Eli.

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