Christy McLeod is the new CEO/COO of The Center.\f0\fs24 \cf0 photo provided
Christy McLeod is the new CEO/COO of The Center.\f0\fs24 \cf0 photo provided
The Center Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Care, Central Oregon’s largest provider of orthopedic, neurosurgical, and physical medicine and rehabilitative care, has announced the appointment of Christy McLeod as new CEO/COO.

McLeod started on November 12 and transitions into the role with advisory support from the previous CEO, Mike Gonsalves. Gonsalves will retire in early 2020. Reporting to the board of directors, McLeod will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations and providing administrative leadership to accomplish The Center’s strategic goals and priorities.

“Christy is an exceptional leader and strategist with demonstrated experience leading large healthcare organizations,” said Dr. Raymond Tien, neurosurgeon and president of The Center’s Board of Directors. “She will help guide the organization to achieve our goal of delivering exceptional quality specialty healthcare in the most patient-friendly manner possible.”

McLeod brings a wealth of in-depth healthcare and leadership experience. Over the course of seven years, she served as chief operating officer, chief business development officer, and chief marketing officer for Bend Memorial Clinic (BMC). Her experience also includes independent strategic consulting work and senior executive positions for seven Olympic Games, including managing the global sponsorship program for the International Olympic Committee. As a local resident for over 14 years, McLeod maintains a strong connection with the Central Oregon community. She is a member of the OSU-Cascades Health and Wellness Advisory Committee, Bend-La Pine Schools Boundary Committee, and member for Now4OSU-Cascades Committee.

“I was drawn to the opportunity at The Center because of their unrelenting commitment to quality care and demonstrated ability to meet the demands of our community through expanded care options, locations, and highly trained providers,” said McLeod. “I look forward to leading such a dynamic and talented team.”

McLeod is taking the reins as The Center continues to expand in Central Oregon to meet the needs of a growing community with a changing medical landscape. Some of the current initiatives she will lead include overseeing the successful opening of The Center Redmond Clinic remodeled building in December, further developing the visiting specialist program in Eastern Oregon, and assisting the leadership team with operational strategies and annual quality-improvement goals to facilitate the highest level of patient care and efficiency.