SEASIDE, Ore. – Providence Health & Services has named Michael Blauer chief executive for its North Coast Service Area and Providence Seaside Hospital. He replaces Krista Farnham, who accepted the chief operations officer position at Providence Portland Medical Center in November.

"I am very excited to be a part of Providence and am honored to serve in a value-based organization that serves the poor through compassionate service,” said Blauer. “My wife and I are looking forward to being involved in the community and helping to serve our neighbors.”

Prior to coming to Providence Seaside Hospital, Blauer served as the chief executive of Morrow County Health District in Heppner, Ore. During his time at Morrow County Health District, he provided oversight to a critical access hospital, two rural health clinics, home health and hospice, emergency medical services, and an assisted living facility. He introduced new programs, including a successful telestroke and telecritical care program in partnership with Providence. Previously, Blauer worked in health systems and hospitals in Colorado, Michigan and Idaho.

“Michael’s personal values are well aligned with our mission and core values,” said Janice Burger, chief executive for Providence Oregon’s west division. “He brings a commitment to strong engagement and communication with physicians, nurses, employees and the local community. I am confident that he will bring great energy and enthusiasm to our North Coast ministry.”

Blauer grew up in Idaho and attended Idaho State University in Pocatello where he graduated magna cum laude with two degrees: a bachelor’s in business management and a bachelor of arts in Spanish. He later attended the University of Michigan, where he earned a master’s in health services administration.

Blauer will begin serving in Seaside on April 1.

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Providence Seaside Hospital is part of the not-for-profit Providence Health & Services, Oregon’s largest health system and largest private employer. Providence Seaside serves people living in or visiting the North Coast area through our hospital and clinics located in Astoria, Cannon Beach, Seaside, Warrenton and Wheeler. For more information, please visit www.providence.org/northcoast.

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