Lori James-Nielsen, President & CEO
Lori James-Nielsen, R.N., B.S.N., M.H.A., has over 25 years of clinical and leadership experience in a variety of community hospital settings. Throughout her career, she has worked as a staff educator, manager, and director for nursing units and cardiac care. Lori has been involved in creating clinical integration models to support organizations and independent providers in developing exceptional clinical programs and improve value for patients. She was the Chief Strategy Officer at Salem Hospital and Vice President of Operations and Integrations at OHSU Partners. She and her husband have a blended family of six children. She enjoys watching her daughter play volleyball, hiking, and kayaking.
Joe Hardman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Joe Hardman is a general internist who has been practicing at OHSU for nearly 10 years. His primary clinical focus is outpatient primary care internal medicine. He has also worked on the inpatient teaching service at OHSU. Dr. Hardman received his medical degree from UC San Diego School of Medicine and completed his residency and chief residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. He enjoys hiking, cooking, music, photography, and spending time with his wife and two children.
Kelley Frengle, Vice President, Human Resources
Kelley Frengle, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, has extensive experience in human resources and healthcare leadership. She was on the HR team at OHSU and served as the Senior Director of Human Resources for the PeaceHealth Southwest and PeaceHealth St. John hospitals. She grew up in Hillsboro and enjoys time with her family and dogs, traveling, cooking, and sailing.
Nate McConkie, Vice President, Strategy & Business Integration
Nate McConkie, MHSA, has over 10 years of healthcare planning, strategy, market analysis and business development. He was the Director of Affiliation Strategy at OHSU where he worked closely with community hospital leadership and governing boards of multiple affiliates. He has broad clinical business development experience within neuroscience, oncology, women’s and children’s services, as well as hospital and critical care medicine. Nate grew up in the shadows of the Utah Wasatch Mountains and loves to hike near and swim in cold bodies of water. Nate is also a pianist and organist. Nate, Missy and their three children have been in Oregon since 2012 and just love it.
Jen Packer, Chief Nursing Officer
Jen Packer, M.S.N., R.N., C.E.N.P., C.E.N., was OHSU’s Division Director of Emergency Services before joining our team. She managed and led the OHSU adult and Doernbecher pediatric emergency department, observation unit, trauma program and transfer center. She and her family enjoy outdoor sports and like to ski, boat, hike, and CrossFit.
Meredith Peterson, Vice President, Finance
Meredith Peterson, M.B.A., worked for Kaiser Healthcare System, OHSU and most recently as a consultant with Kaufman Hall, a management consulting services firm that embodies best-practice approaches across planning, cost accounting and financial decision support. Meredith earned her Master of Business Administration from Portland State University and Bachelor of Science in Business Economics from Willamette University in Salem. She’s a native Oregonian and enjoys traveling, cooking and going to concerts in her free time.
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