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Recent changes bolster Legacy’s leadership ranks

December 2013

George Brown, M.D., Legacy president and chief executive officer, and Mike Newcomb, D.O., senior vice-president and chief operating officer, in the last several weeks announced a number of important leadership changes.

"Legacy is growing both in terms of size and complexity," said Dr. Brown. "That brings change and the need for the best people we can find to lead our organization."

"When we have vacancies due to retirements or personal choices, as occurred with Finance, Legal, Randall Children’s Hospital and Legacy Medical Group, or when we make organizational changes," he continued, "as we did with behavioral health and oncology services, it’s an opportunity. It’s a chance to offer advancement to current team members and also to recruit those we feel can significantly contribute to Legacy’s future."

"This line-up positions us extremely well as we continue to embrace the challenges facing the health care industry," he said.

Chief financial officer

Linda HoffOn Jan. 20, 2014, Linda Hoff will join Legacy as senior vice president and chief financial officer.

She will be relocating from Wisconsin, where she has served as chief financial officer for Meriter Health Services and president of Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation (a for-profit HMO).



Behavioral Health and Oncology Services

Two Legacy Health service lines in need of solid senior leadership will now be overseen by Tony Melaragno, M.D. He will leave his post as chief administrative officer at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center to take on a new role as the vice president for Behavioral Health and Oncology Services.

Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center

Jonathan Avery, chief administrative officer (CAO) at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, will step in as the new CAO for Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center.

Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center

Bryce Helgerson, currently vice president of hospital operations for Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and Randall Children's Hospital, will assume the role of CAO for Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.

Legacy Medical Group

Legacy Medical Group (LMG) is a critically important strategic gem in Legacy's crown. The new chief administrative officer (CAO) of LMG will lead the development and set the course for the group as we progress further into the new world of care transformation and performance excellence. Trent Green has agreed to step into the LMG CAO role; he will report to Dr. Newcomb in this position.


After conducting a competitive national search, Legacy named Rob DeWitt as senior vice-president and chief legal officer (CLO). DeWitt most recently served in the interim CLO role; he has been at Legacy Health for a little more than a year in an associate general counsel position. 

Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel

Madlyn (Mady) Murrey, R.N., officially joined Legacy in 2013, taking over the role with the retirement of Carla Harris, R.N.

See more on each of the above appointments.


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