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Providence Leadership Team

Elaine Couture, Chief Executive - Providence Health Care, Spokane, Eastern Washington Elaine Couture, MBA, BSN, RN
Executive Vice President & Chief Executive
Washington-Montana




Lori Asmus, Chief Operating Officer - Providence Medical Group, Southeast Washington

Lori Asmus

Chief Operating Officer - Providence Medical Group

Lori began her work in clinical operations in 2007 with Providence Medical Group in the Northwest Region. She subsequently accepted leadership roles with two current Providence affiliates—Swedish Medical Group in Redmond and Pacific Medical Centers in Seattle. She moved to Walla Walla in 2015 to accept the Chief Operating Officer position. Lori holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master’s in Nursing Leadership from the University of Washington. She began her career in nursing as a pediatric and Level II nursery RN. She subsequently worked as a public health nurse at Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and a school district nurse for Yelm Community Schools before moving on to clinic and hospital roles.


Chief Operating Officer - Susan Blackburn

Susan Blackburn

Chief Administrative Officer - Providence St. Mary Medical Center

Susan has been with Providence Health and Services and the former Providence Services for more than 30 years. In 2011, she was promoted to chief operating officer after serving for several years in the role of vice president HR/support services.

Susan is a graduate of Washington State University (go Cougs!). She’s been married to her husband, Brad, for 25 years. They have three daughters. Her interests include spending time with her family, golfing, water sports and traveling.


Providence Medical Group Physician Chief Executive - Tim Davidson

Tim Davidson, MD

Physician Chief Executive - Providence Medical Group

Tim is board certified in critical care medicine and pulmonary disease. He earned his medical degree from Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Medicine in Portland, Oregon, in 1992. After performing his internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado Health Science Center in Denver, Colorado, he served a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle.

He was in private practice in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Washington, before moving his practice to Providence St. Mary Medical Center, in 1999. He was the medical director of physician services at Providence St. Mary from 2005 until 2009, when he became the Physician Chief Executive for Providence Medical Group in Walla Walla. He maintains an active practice, as well.

Dr. Davidson also operates a small vineyard, and enjoys fly-fishing, running and gardening.


Christopher Hall, MD, Chief Medical Officer - Providence Health & Services, Southeast Washington

Christopher Hall, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Hall is a board certified pediatrician. He received his medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland and completed his pediatric residency at the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital in Portland, Maine. Dr. Hall practiced pediatrics at the Walla Walla Clinic from 2001 to 2009. He served as medical director from 2006 to 2007 and was president of the Board of Directors from 2007 to 2009. He served as a pediatric hospitalist and the chief medical information officer for Mercy Health System of Maine before joining Providence in 2016. He and his wife have four children.


Spencer Harris, Senior Director of Finance - Providence Health & Services, Southeast Washington

Spencer Harris

Senior Director, Finance

Mr. Harris joined Kadlec in 2011 as the Physician Practice Controller and was promoted to his current role in December 2015. He serves as the finance leader for Providence St. Mary’s Medical Center in Walla Walla, as well as Kadlec Health System in the Tri Cities. Prior to joining Kadlec, he spent 12 years at Kennewick General Hospital as the Controller and a Financial Analyst. Mr. Harris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Utah State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Washington State University. He is a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional from Healthcare Financial Management Association.


Chief Nursing Officer - Yvonne Strader

Yvonne Strader, RN, CPHQ

Chief Nursing Officer

Yvonne has been with Providence since 2000 and is the chief nursing officer for Providence St. Mary Medical Center. She worked as the director of quality and case management for the Central Washington service area (Providence Yakima and Providence Toppenish); manager of patient safety and director of medical staff services and quality at Providence Everett Medical Center; and the director of quality and risk management at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

She’s been a registered nurse for more than 25 years and has a bachelor’s degree in nursing and health care administration. She also has her master’s degree in health care administration with a concentration in Catholic Leadership from St. Joseph’s College of Maine and is a trained greenbelt and change facilitator.

Yvonne has two daughters and three grandchildren. She and her husband, Hall Grimes, have two cats and enjoy golfing and collecting wine.


Chief Strategic Officer - Rob Watio

Rob Watilo

Chief Strategic Officer

Rob has been with Providence since 1996. He worked for the Southwest Washington Region (Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA & Providence Centralia Hospital in Centralia, WA) for the first 15 years of his career in various Strategy and Business Development roles. Rob worked on numerous projects, including an Emergency Department expansion, ICU addition and development of the total joint replacement program (named Orthopaedic Healing Center) as well as a primary care expansion plan, which brought primary care under the Providence brand back to his home town in Chehalis, WA.

Rob moved to Walla Walla in 2011 to serve as the Chief Strategy Officer for Providence St. Mary Medical Center. The Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center also reports to him. Rob led the implementation of an interventional cardiology program, one-call transfer center for referring hospitals, outreach clinic development and expansion of radiation oncology services. In August 2015, his responsibilities grew to include CSO roles for Kadlec Health System.

Rob now leads all strategy and business development activities for the Southeast Washington Service Area. His current responsibilities include service line development, outreach activities, telehealth and provisioning of Epic to referring hospitals and physician groups.