MCMC Announces New COO

(THE DALLES, Ore. – Sept. 21, 2021) — Mid-Columbia Medical Center has appointed Camie Overton, MBA, FACHE, as its chief operating officer, effective immediately. Overton joins the hospital’s executive leadership team and will report directly to MCMC President and CEO Dennis Knox.

Ms. Overton is a healthcare veteran who brings to MCMC extensive hospital leadership experience, most recently serving as chief executive officer at Curahealth Tucson Hospital in Arizona. She previously served as vice president and interim CEO of Yuma Regional Medical Center where she successfully led multiple service lines, including cardiac, orthopedics, women and children programs, oncology and all related ambulatory operations. Overton has also served as market president for United Surgical Partners International, Inc. in Arizona and Nevada.

At MCMC Overton will assume responsibility for all acute care and ambulatory care operations. She will work closely with Chief Clinical Officer Don Wenzler and Chief Medical Officer Serene Perkins M.D. to ensure that local residents have access to the highest quality, patient-centered care and that all programs are operating optimally and efficiently. With

Wenzler’s announced retirement next year, he will be transitioning additional responsibilities to Overton over the coming months.

“We are thrilled to have an executive with Camie’s depth of experience join our leadership team at such a critical juncture in our hospital’s 120-year history,” said Knox. “MCMC has evolved from a community-based hospital into a one-of-a-kind healthcare system unique to the Gorge. With Camie on our team, we will continue to evolve and expand to meet our

community’s growing healthcare needs and to ensure local residents have access to excellent care close to home.”

Overton received her Master of Business Administration and her Bachelor of Arts in management from the University of Phoenix. She is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Founded in 1901, Mid-Columbia Medical Center is a nationally recognized hospital dedicated to serving residents of The Dalles and its surrounding communities. In 1992, MCMC became the first hospital in the nation to integrate the Planetree philosophy of patient care, which emphasizes the need to address a person’s intellectual, environmental, emotional and spiritual concerns in addition to their physical needs. As a Planetree-affiliated hospital, MCMC works to provide a caring, nurturing and educational environment; puts great efforts into humanizing and demystifying the medical experience; and strives to empower people to become active partners in their own healthcare. For more information visit