Providence chief stepping down

Four years after taking the reins at one of Medford's two largest medical organizations, Cindy Mayo, chief executive for Providence in Southern Oregon, announced Tuesday she will retire in August.

Her tenure correlated with implementation of the Affordable Care Act, when coordinated care organizations and other components of expanded medical access took center stage in health care delivery.

During her tenure, Mayo oversaw growth of Providence Medical Group and collaboration of local experts with Providence’s statewide clinical programs.

“I am humbled by all who have served alongside me, and am thankful for all who have supported me in our work of caring for the poor and the vulnerable,” Mayo said in a statement. “I am confident in our team continuing the mission of Providence for many more years.”

Mayo will continue with Providence through mid-August while a new leader is recruited. She will also continue to help lead some of Providence’s ongoing priorities in Southern Oregon during the transition, including representing Providence on local boards. 

“Cindy is a true person of Providence, a leader whose passion has grown our mission of service in Southern Oregon and whose community presence is valued as a health care expert,” said Theron Park, delivery system chief executive for Providence in Oregon. "We will miss her a lot but are happy she will be spending more time with her husband and family, relaxing into retirement and choosing her own schedule.”

No interim director has been named.

Prior to her work in Southern Oregon, Mayo was chief executive for Providence services in Centralia, Washington, for six years. During that period, she aided in the implementation of Epic, the electronic health record system used by Providence hospitals.

Before joining Providence in 2007, Mayo was vice president and chief nursing officer at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento. Before that she was a member of the administrative teams at ScrippsHealth hospitals in Chula Vista and San Diego.

She succeeded Tom Hanenburg, who held the post for seven years before joining Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Permanente Northern California in early 2013.

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