Larry Mullins, President/CEO, Samaritan Health Services, has named Lesley Ogden, MD, the chief executive officer at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital (SPCH) in Newport. Ogden had been serving as interim CEO at the hospital since last November when then-CEO David Bigelow announced his retirement.
In this capacity, Ogden will now oversee both of Samaritan’s coastal hospitals — SPCH and Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital (SNLH), an organization she has led since 2015.
“We believe that Lesley is doing an outstanding job in her leadership role, with excellent support from her teams at both hospitals, and we are prepared to move forward with Lesley as the CEO at both locations,” said Mullins. “We feel she is the best choice to lead the two hospitals forward in their plans for new facilities.”
Both hospitals are in the midst of building new facilities, each expected to be fully complete by the end of 2019.
“I am thrilled to be stepping into this more official role at such a vibrant time in each hospital’s history,” said Ogden. “Through our two hospitals working together, we believe we can change the face of health care in the county for the better for many years to come. I look forward to being instrumental in that work.”
Ogden started with Samaritan Health Services as a physician in SNLH’s Emergency Department in 2006, working her way up to assistant emergency department medical director and medical staff president before accepting the chief operations officer role at SNLH in 2013. She held that position until being named CEO at SNLH in 2015.
A native of north Florida, Ogden graduated Summa Cum Laude from Troy State University with a bachelor’s degree, went on to obtain a master of business administration from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and finally completed her medical education at the Medical University of South Carolina. She and her husband, William, live in Lincoln City.
Information and photo provided by SPCH