Thursday, November 8, 2012
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Portland Art Museum
Kridel Grand Ballroom
1219 SW Park Avenue
We're pleased to announce that Governor John Kitzhaber will join the early portion of the luncheon!
Honoring a Healthcare Hero
Dr. George Brown has been CEO at Legacy Health Systems since 2008. His leadership, along with the other 19 members of Health Share of Oregon, has positioned Oregon at the forefront of national healthcare reform. For the past year, Brown has chaired a task force of Oregon healthcare professionals that has produced innovation and cost savings in administration, payment and treatment. He’s also been a strong proponent of an experiment in primary care that improves patient and staff satisfaction and quality of care while also cutting costs: the patient-centered medical home. He has led successful efforts to lobby Congress and Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber for policies and funding to implement changes across the tri-county area, and he has championed the transition to a common electronic records platform shared by all local health systems. Brown is a board-certified physician in internal medicine and gastroenterology. He received his bachelor's degree from Hampton University in Virginia and his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. Before coming to Portland, he held executive positions with a number of hospitals and health systems, including nine years with MultiCare Health System in Tacoma, Wash., where he served the past four years as chief operating officer. He is a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Army, and achieved the rank of brigadier general.
Honoring a Housing Hero
Bob Walsh, Managing Partner of Walsh Construction Co. and its holding company, Thidwick Partners, has a lengthy history improving the quality of life for low-income families, senior citizens and those with special needs by focusing much of his experience and energy on the construction of affordable, multi-unit housing. Bob founded Walsh Construction Co. along with his brother, Tom, in 1961 as a way to finance their college educations. In late 1968, the company undertook its first general construction contract for a 10-unit HUD subsidized apartment project and the company’s passion for affordable housing began. Walsh quietly contributes time and resources to improve opportunities for children and families throughout the area and has been instrumental in the success of several long-term programs, helping non-profit clients raise funds and in-kind contributions in order to make their projects a reality. This commitment to the community permeates the company, as employees are encouraged and given the opportunity to volunteer their time and talents to many local non-profit organizations. A company-wide employee giving campaign results in hundreds of thousands of dollars donated annually to several area charities. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, Kellogg Business School. He served as Commissioner for the Port of Portland from 1988 to 2001, directing the initial stages of the airport expansion and helping attract new industry to broaden the economic diversity of the region. He also served on the Portland Development Commission from 1973-1978.
Central City Concern thanks these lead donors: