Patient-Centered Culture is Focus for Nurse Leaders Preparing Launch of Kaiser Permanente Hospital

July 17, 2012 -- In preparation for the opening of Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center in August 2013, five key leadership positions have been filled.

When the new medical center opens in Hillsboro’s Tanasbourne area, it will employ a staff of nearly 1,000.

Kaiser Permanente has charged Cindy Davis and her nursing leaders with the task of establishing a world-class patient- and family-centered care team.

“To deliver that, we’re laying groundwork for a team that is inclusive — from leaders to clinicians and housekeeping to security. It is  fundamental to our success,” says Cindy Davis, chief nursing officer for   Permanente Westside Medical Center.

Davis came to Kaiser Permanente from Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center, where she was chief nursing executive. She has years of experience in nurse manager positions, including The Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland and the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson. She helped develop cardiac, stroke, rapid response, spine, oncology, and palliative care programs, and served as liaison to community physicians. She earned a bachelor’s in nursing from Linfield College in McMinnville and a master’s in business from Marylhurst University in West Linn.

Davis’ leadership team includes:

  • Kris Cuthair, RN, BSN, MSN, Director of ICU/MedSurg. She previously worked at Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center as nurse manager in ICU and IV Therapy Team.


  • Cindy Ousley, Manager of Surgical Services. She comes to her new role after nearly three decades in surgical services, including six years helping launch and then manage Sunnybrook Ambulatory Surgery Center at Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center.
  • Andrea Peiler, BSN, RNFA, Associate Manager of Surgical Services. Peiler came to Kaiser Permanente Northwest three years ago with more than a decade of experience.
  • Debbie Buchwach, MSN, RN-BC, Director of Professional Development. Buchwach comes to Kaiser Permanente from Oregon Health & Science University and brings more than a decade of experience in nurse education.


A portion of jobs for Westside hospital will be posted late this year; however, the vast majority of positions at Westside hospital won’t be filled until 2013. Jobs not filled internally will be posted online at kp.org and advertised at job fairs, farmers markets, professional schools, and via print and broadcast advertising as necessary.

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