Regional Providence leader leaving

The head of Providence Health & Services in Southern Oregon is leaving to take a job with Kaiser Permanente in the Bay area.

CEO Tom Hanenburg is leaving Medford to take a management role with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Kaiser Permanente Northern California.

Hanenburg will stay on until March 15, then becomes Kaiser's senior vice president and area manager for the Greater Southern Alameda area, an announcement this afternoon reported.

Expansion was the norm during Hanenburg's time with Providence Medford Medical Center, a 168-bed level three trauma hospital, supported by 12 primary and specialty clinics located throughout Jackson County. The local Providence system now operates seven outpatient physical therapy and occupational health clinics and four diagnostic imaging centers as well.

"The decision to take on a new challenge was difficult for my family and me," Hanenburg said in a statement this afternoon announcing his departure. "Southern Oregon has provided us great personal and professional growth, and great friends in the community during these past seven rewarding years."

Hanenburg started work in Medford in January 2006.

He and his wife, Mary, were active in the community, working with Hearts and Vines, the Medford Chamber of Commerce, All Care Coordinated Care Organization, The Craterian Theater at The Collier Center for the Performing Arts, and the Southern Oregon Humane Society.

— Greg Stiles

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