Saturday, March 31, 2007
News staff writer
March 14, 2007
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital’s chief executive, James Arp, has been named the new associate administrator at Providence Portland Medical Center. He will begin serving in his new role in early May.
Arp came to Providence Hood River in 2005, succeeding Larry Bowe, who is CEO of the Providence Newberg Medical Center.
During that time, Arp has overseen the development of a comprehensive master site plan, which will lead to a major facility expansion in 2007-08. He has also helped lead the way in providing new and creative ways to reach out to the community, including the deployment of the Providence Mobile Health Unit, according to a Providence press release.
“I’m leaving the Columbia Gorge Service Area and Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital with mixed emotions,” Arp said. “While I am excited at the incredible opportunity to contribute to an exceptional medical center, it is a very difficult decision to leave such an embracing community and organization.”
Arp joined Providence from Crossroads Regional Medical Center in Wentzville, Mo., where he served as chief executive officer. Prior to his CEO position in Missouri, Arp worked for Colorado River Medical Center in Needles, Calif., and held various leadership positions for Health Management at Williamson Memorial in West Virginia, Biloxi Regional Medical Center in Mississippi, Riverview Regional Medical Center in Alabama, and Aurora Regional Medical Center in Colorado.
Providence will soon select an interim chief executive, and will begin the search for Arp’s replacement immediately. Hospital leadership, employees, physicians, foundation and community board members and area leaders will all be involved in the search process.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge