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Couture named CEO of Providence Health Care

the Inland Register

(From the November 15, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Providence Health Care (PHC) has named Elaine Couture, RN, BSN, MBA, as its new chief executive, as current leader Michael Wilson transitions to retirement.

PHC is the parent organization for Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital, Providence Holy Family Hospital, two rural hospitals in Stevens County, and a number of outpatient health care services. Its family of health services also includes Providence Medical Group, the region’s fastest-growing group of primary care and specialty physicians with nearly 300 providers today.

Wilson, who has been an executive within Providence’s Spokane hospitals for 31 years, will remain involved in an advisory role for PHC leaders throughout 2013.

He announced his retirement to staff this fall, saying that carrying out long term strategic plans necessitated having his replacement on board now to assure key partners that decisions made would be consistent during a transition period.

“I have the greatest confidence in Elaine’s leadership capabilities and her commitment to serving the patients of this region,” said Wilson.

Couture has been in health care since 1977, first as a bedside nurse and nurse manager at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Health Center in Billings, Mont., and then as director of an occupational health and wellness program. She held her first administrative position at Providence St. Mary’s Medical Center in Walla Walla, serving 15 years in advancing leadership roles, including Chief Nursing Officer, then accepted a role as vice president at Providence Sacred Heart in 2002. She advanced to chief operating officer and then was named chief executive for Sacred Heart and Holy Family hospitals.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve Providence in this new role,” said Couture. “We have a phenomenal history and a promising future, and I couldn’t be more excited about partnering with physicians, staff, and our leadership team to ensure PHC continues to serve this community with quality, affordable, accessible care.”


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