Physician Update

INTEGRIS Names New President and CEO 

INTEGRIS, Oklahoma’s most comprehensive health care system, welcomes Timothy Pehrson as its president and chief executive officer following completion of a national search. Pehrson comes to Oklahoma from Intermountain Healthcare in Utah, where he most recently served in a dual role as regional vice president/CEO for the North Region and vice president of continuous improvement for  Intermountain Healthcare.

Like INTEGRIS, Intermountain is widely recognized as one of the most innovative, high-quality health systems in the country. In his role  as CEO of the North Region, he was the market leader of a five-hospital region in Utah and Idaho, responsible for integrating the efforts of  physicians, hospitals and health plans to improve care for the communities Intermountain served. In addition to his role in charge of  regional operations, as vice president of continuous improvement he led the enterprise-wide improvement efforts across Intermountain  ealthcare to drive caregiver engagement and strong performance in safety, quality, patient experience, access, caregiver engagement,   costs and growth.

“Tim distinguished himself throughout the interview process with his impeccable record of accomplishment, an impressive understanding  of not only today’s health care industry and its challenges, but more importantly his insights into areas of opportunity for sustainability,  affordability and even greater success,” says INTEGRIS Health Board Chairman Pete Delaney, who adds, “Tim’s strong physician and  employee focus and his genuine enthusiasm for the possibilities that exist here make him the right choice to lead INTEGRIS.”

Pehrson plans to visit each INTEGRIS facility not only to learn more about INTEGRIS history and culture, but to meet with as many caregivers as possible. During those visits he will share with caregivers his passions.

1. Safety: Zero harm to patients and caregivers.
2. Quality: Always deliver evidence based, best practice care leading to top performance nationally.
3. Experience: Customers experience care and compassion that leads to lasting loyalty. 
4. Access: Customers receive care and information how, where, and when they want it.
5. Stewardship: Being a leader in building healthy communities while being a financially sound, indispensable health system in providing affordable health care.
6. Engaged caregivers: Caregivers are actively involved in continuously improving their work, leading to better patient outcomes and world class caregiver engagement.

“I am both humbled and pleased to join INTEGRIS, a health system recognized nationally for excellence, pioneering medicine, innovation and commitment to community,” says Pehrson. “The physicians, clinical professionals and employees at INTEGRIS are some of the most accomplished anywhere. Professionally and personally, my family and I are excited to make the move to the Oklahoma City area and to be part of a growing community that offers an excellent quality of life.” He succeeds Bruce Lawrence, who retired last December. Pehrson officially stepped into his INTEGRIS leadership role Aug. 1. 

Pehrson’s career at Intermountain began in 2000 as operations officer at one of its hospitals; he was named that hospital’s CEO in 2004. Prior to his career at Intermountain, Pehrson worked for United Healthcare, Samaritan Health and Henry Ford Health System. 

Pehrson earned his B.A. in history from Brigham Young University and his master’s in health services administration from the University of Michigan.