Paul Gaden
Paul Gaden

Texas health care professional Paul Gaden has been named chief executive at the 483-bed Providence Portland Medical Center. He will serve as chief executive of the 483-bed medical center with 3,100 employees and 1,200 medical staff members.

In addition to serving Providence Portland Medical Center, Gaden will provide operational leadership, management and direction to Providence facilities on the east side of its Oregon Region. He will work with leaders at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center and Providence Milwaukie Hospital.

Gaden has been serving as vice president and chief operating officer of CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi – Memorial and CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi – Shoreline. In that role he is responsible for two acute care hospitals totaling 898 beds. During his tenure, regional responsibilities included leading pharmacy, laboratory and laundry operations for the six-hospital health system region.

Prior to his work with CHRISTUS Spohn, Gaden held finance positions in a number of health systems as well as the defense industry.

Gaden said he was attracted to Providence because of his desire to continue serving in Catholic health care. His current work with CHRISTUS Spohn has similar mission and values as Providence – and a similar history. CHRISTUS Spohn is a ministry started by France’s Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in 1905 to care for the poor and underserved in Texas. The Sisters of Providence started in Canada, and brought their ministry to the Pacific Northwest in 1856.

“It is humbling to fill a role in an organization with a heritage that began more than 155 years ago with the Sisters of Providence – a ministry that continues today through caregivers who live the Mission daily,” said Gaden.

Gaden received his undergraduate degree in finance from Pennsylvania State University, Middleton, Pa. and his Master’s in Business Administration from The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Va. He and his wife, Tina, have two daughters, Abagail and Hanna. Gaden begins at Providence Portland Medical Center Jan. 6, 2014.