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OHSU Partners welcomes chief financial officer

OHSU Partners has named Scott Johnson as the organization’s new chief financial officer. Johnson is a versatile senior leader and finance professional with significant experience in the health care industry, including health care reform. He will begin his new role in September.

“OHSU Partners are excited to bring Scott Johnson on board as part of the executive management team,” said Peter Rapp, OHSU Partners CEO. “Scott has demonstrated his ability to build and direct highly functioning and engaged teams. He also brings extensive experience in strategic, financial and health care reform planning.”

“I’m eager to help OHSU Partners expand on its solid financial foundation,” said Scott Johnson, CFO. “I look forward to working with the management team to improve this innovative and integrated health system.”

Johnson succeeds Pam Vukovich, who, at the inception of OHSU Partners, agreed to serve in an interim role until a permanent CFO could be recruited. During her tenure she has developed the strategic financial vision for OHSU Partners, established the integrated financial systems for the partnership, formulated financial policy and advised the CEO on financial matters. Prior to joining OHSU Partners, Vukovich served as CFO, and interim president and CEO of Portland’s Legacy Health System for more than 25 years.

Since September 2011, Johnson has served as chief financial officer for St. Luke’s Hospital located near St. Louis, Missouri, where he created an internal health care reform workgroup, established a population health department, and negotiated a cardiovascular service line clinical affiliation agreement with Cleveland Clinic.

Johnson has experience in the Oregon health care market. From October 1999 to September 2011, he served as interim CFO and vice president of finance for Legacy Health in Portland, where he developed a 10-year strategic financial plan for bond rating improvement strategy. Johnson served as CFO for MedPartners, Inc. in Portland from January 1997 to October 1999, where he performed acquisition analysis and managed the integration of new clinic financial operations. From June 1992 to January 1997, Johnson was the director of accounting for Providence Health System in Portland, and the assistant administrator and director of finance for St. Catherine’s Residence, Inc. in North Bend from September 1990 to June 1992.

Johnson’s education and professional awards include an MBA in health care management from OHSU in 2013, plus a Bachelor of Science in business administration and accounting from Portland State University in 1983. Johnson is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association and received the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2015 Healthcare CFO of the Year Award. He was also included on Becker Healthcare Review’s 2015 list of 150 Hospital and Health System CFOs to Know.


OHSU Partners was established through the November 2015 affiliation between OHSU and Salem Health, and most recently Tuality Healthcare in Hillsboro. OHSU Partners will develop the necessary strategic and financial plans to manage clinical services as an integrated system. A small management team operates OHSU Partners, including a site executive for each partner organization. OHSU Partners strives to recruit other health care organizations in the future.

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