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Hospital invests man with a mission

By ESTHER SMITH

News staff writer

May 7, 2005

James Arp has been carrying out the duties of chief executive officer at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital since March 1, but this week in a special “Missioning Ceremony” he was formally asked to ensure that the mission, vision and values of Providence would guide decisions of the Columbia Gorge Service Area.

This “ritual of celebration and thanksgiving” is carried out each time a new member joins the governing board of the Providence Health Care System, according to Barbara Young, director of community relations for PHRMH. Gary Young, director of mission integration and spiritual care, said that the missioning ceremony is held to “publicly express the responsibility and authority vested by the Sisters of Providence in our leadership. We, as inheritors of the mission of the Sisters of Providence, manifest God’s love as we continue the healing mission of Jesus and minister to the health needs of all people.”

A lively mariachi band opened the ceremony and was followed by solos from vocalist and soprano Maren Virginia Euwer, who was accompanied by pianist Richard Garber.

Scriptures, pointing out the responsibilities of leaders, were read in both English and Spanish by Jill Dant, Providence Community Caregivers coordinator, and Maria Elena Castro, cultural relations manager for the hospital.

After Russ Danielson, chief executive officer of Providence Health Systems Oregon Region, formally asked Arp for his vow to commit himself to “this new trust and responsibility,” Sisters Margaret Botch, Karin Dufault, and Marie Damian entrusted him with Sacred Scriptures, Ethical and Religious Directives, and Mission, Core Values and Vision of Providence Health Care System.

Arp, who up to this point has worked for priority or for-profit health care organizations, said he’d never been missioned before but considered it a great honor.

“Last October when I first saw this position (advertised), I told my wife, ‘I have to get this position,’” he said. “I don’t know what it was but I felt a calling for it.”

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