Dave Underriner
Dave Underriner
Longtime Providence leader Dave Underriner has been named the new chief executive for Oregon. Underriner replaces Greg Van Pelt, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

In making the announcement, officials noted Underriner’s commitment to Providence’s mission. “That commitment,” they said, “combined with his operational acumen, will position Dave well as he continues our successful track record of excellent and compassionate service to our communities.”

“Providence has always been a part of my life,” Underriner says. He was born at Providence’s Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Wash. His father, Tom, worked in that same hospital and later became the first lay leader of St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, now known as Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. Tom Underriner hired Greg Van Pelt, who 10 years later hired Dave Underriner, and now turns the reins over to him.

Dave Underriner began a career with Providence in 1984 as an administrative intern. He has served in a variety of leadership roles in clinical services, hospitals and service area operations, leading to his current role as chief operating officer for Oregon.

“I am truly honored to be able to carry forward the Mission and heritage of the Sisters of Providence by leading the Oregon Region,” says Underriner.

He graduated from Oregon State University, and received his master's in health services administration from the University of Washington. He assumes his new role April 15.