Maggie Hudson, MBA

President & CEO

Maggie Hudson joined Santiam Hospital in 1993; prior to her appointment in 2020 to
President & CEO, Maggie served nearly 20 years as Santiam’s CFO/COO. She earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Oregon. She served as Board
Chair at Willamette Valley Community Health from 2018-2020.

As President & CEO Maggie is a committed steward of Santiam Hospital and its mission to be a partner in good health, delivering high-quality, compassionate care. “With highly trained medical staff and advanced healthcare technology, we provide the expertise to help you heal in a safe and compassionate environment,” she says. “We strive to make your visit as comfortable as possible and value your feedback, as you are the most important person on your healthcare team.”

In her spare time, Maggie is an avid runner, recreational tennis player, enjoys the outdoors, traveling and spending time with her friends and family. She lives in Salem with her husband Mark Hoyt; they have two adult children, Abby and Riley.

As Maggie says, “My door is always open, please walk in. I would love to hear from you about how Santiam Hospital is meeting or could better meet your healthcare needs.”

Sherri Steele, RN, BSN, MSN

Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)

Sherri Steele is a health care professional with 32 years of highly varied experience, including clinical practice, management and leadership. She joined Santiam in 2017 as Chief Nursing Officer; prior to that she was Chief Nursing Officer at Providence Medford Medical Center in Medford, Oregon where she was responsible for all inpatient nursing departments in the 168-bed hospital. Sherri served on the Providence Oregon Regional Nursing Leadership Council, and is a member of the Area Trauma Advisory Board and North West Organization for Nurse Executives. She was a finalist for Nurse of the Year for Oregon in 2012. As an administrator, Sherri is skilled in labor relations, collaboration, performance management, physician relations, strategic planning and project management. 

Sherri began her healthcare career in the United States Air Force, where she trained as a Medical Service Specialist and EMT; after an honorable discharge, she worked as a medical assistant and phlebotomist. She holds a nursing degree from College of Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, and earned a master’s degree in Nursing with a specialty in Healthcare Administration from Walden University. Prior to moving to Oregon, she worked at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore, where she rose from staff nurse to manager of 117 nurses. 

“Community is a group of individuals who share common interests and goals,” says Sherri. “At Santiam Hospital, we are committed to providing great healthcare and being a source of support for our community.”

Steve Vets, DO

Chief Medical Officer (CMO)

Dr. Steven Vets is an Emergency Department physician and Santiam Hospital’s first Chief Medical Officer (CMO). He originally hails from New Jersey and has always had a strong interest in healthcare, specifically Emergency Medicine. His medical journey began as a high school student, when he earned EMT credentials. After working as an EMT for two years, he entered nursing school at Atlantic County Community College and earned an RN license. He later attended Rutgers University to study Biology. 

Dr. Vets first joined Santiam Hospital in the late 1990s as a nurse, working in a number of positions. After working as a RN for several years, he returned to the east coast to study medicine at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency at University of Buffalo in Emergency Medicine and his fellowship in Point of Care Ultrasound at Morristown Medical Center. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine. 

Dr. Vets returned to Santiam Hospital in 2013 after working in the Emergency Departments of several large hospitals on the east coast. Dr. Vets is passionate about healthcare, saying “it underscores the humanistic interconnection among people.” In respect to Santiam Hospital he says: “As an independent hospital, our responsibility is directly to the community we serve and live in. Our goal is to provide welcoming care to our community members no matter where their treatment takes them.” 

Since 2017, Dr. Vets has served as an attending physician in the Emergency Department of the Veterans Health Administration in Portland, Oregon. He also serves as Medical Director for a number of rural fire protection districts operating throughout the Santiam Canyon. 

In his spare time, Dr. Vets enjoys cooking, photography and gardening. He and his wife Veneta, a pediatrician, enjoy traveling and exploring the Northwest and beyond with their children and dog.

Rachael Seeder, CPA, CHFP

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Rachael Seeder grew up on a farm in Silverton, Oregon and attended Oregon State University. She joined Santiam Hospital in 2002 as a staff accountant and took on the role of CFO in 2020; before joining the hospital she worked as a public accounting auditor. Rachael uses her financial skills to support the mission of Santiam Hospital.  She is also active in the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Oregon Chapter, serving as treasurer from 2017-2020.  

When asked what community means to her, Rachael says: “It represents a sense of belonging in the place where you work, play, and live.” 

Rachael loves cooking, hiking and traveling. She is a sports fan and also enjoys working in her garden. Rachael lives in Woodburn with her husband, Gary, and their two children.

Tiffanie Pye, PharmD, BCPS

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Dr. Tiffanie Pye joined Santiam Hospital & Clinics in 2018; prior to her appointment in 2023 to COO, Dr. Pye served as the Director of Pharmacy from 2018 to 2022 and as the Director of Clinical Services from 2022 to 2023.

Dr. Pye earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Oregon State University & Oregon Health Science University in 2011. She graduated from Cascade High School in Turner and has worked most of her adult life in the Santiam community starting as a CNA/CMA at Marian Estates in 2001-2007 and as a Pharmacist Intern and then Pharmacist at Stayton and Sublimity Pharmacies from 2009-2017.

Dr. Pye has served on Oregon State Pharmacy Association Board of Directors as a Regional Director and then as President from 2015-2020. She helped launch a Comprehensive Medication Management Program between Sublimity Pharmacy and Santiam Hospital & Clinics in 2016. During her time as Director of Pharmacy at Santiam Hospital, she managed the Covid Vaccine clinic, launched a retail pharmacy and helped start a pharmacy residency program as the Residency Program Director from 2021-2023. In 2023, she lead the launch of Santiam’s new electronic health record (Epic).

Dr. Pye strives to keep the patients and community in the center of all decisions and projects as she helps to grow and support the services provided by Santiam. “I believe in giving people the tools and opportunity to be their best self both in their health and profession.”

Dr. Pye lives in Aumsville with her husband Rod and their three children. She enjoys traveling, trying new foods, hiking and horseback riding.

Director of Departments

Heather Humblebaugh, RT(R), MHA, CRA

Director of Radiology

Jennifer Brady MBA, BSN, RN

Director of Human Resources

Spicie Davis

Director of Laboratory

Paul Hartmann

Director of Facilities

Danny Freitag

Director of Pre-Hospital Care

Erin Cramer, PA-C

Director of Medical Clinics

Jason Towslee

Director of Information Technology

Cassondra Posvar

Director of Revenue Cycle

Chris Grinstead, MHA

Director of Information, Communication & Analytics

Lonnie Miller, BSN, RN, CNOR, VA-BC

Director of Surgical Services

Debbie Turrell, RN

Director of Nursing Services

Melissa Baurer, MA

Director of Integrated Health & Outreach

Dawn Byrnes

Director of Outpatient Services

Aron Beugli, PharmD, BCPS

Director of Pharmacy

Board

Santiam Hospital & Clinics is a not-for-profit corporation. It is governed by a Board of nine directors, elected by and from among the Hospital Members. Board Directors serve a three year term and receive no compensation. By request and a non-specified donation of $100 or more, one may become a Hospital Member. Membership privileges include voting for the Board of Directors and the opportunity to serve on the Board. Because we are a not-for-profit organization, our charges are kept as low as possible; only at a level sufficient to meet our operation needs and to improve our facilities and services to assure you the highest quality of care. All persons needing care are served without concern for their ability to pay.

Mike Odenthal

Chairman

Ed Diehl

vice-Chairman

Victor Kintz

Secretary

Board Members

Ron Etzel  Pamela Ray  Maryann Meredith
Randy Mickey Genny Baldwin  Sylvia Hernandez

Inspections & Certifications

State of Oregon – Public Health Division

Santiam Hospital & Clinics was awarded a certificate for exceeding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2020 Healthcare Worker Influenza Vaccination goal of 90%. Santiam overall healthcare worker vaccination rate for 2013-2014 influenza season was 94%.

State of Oregon – Public Health Division

Santiam Hospital & Clinics received a score of 100% on their latest facility inspection report.

United States Department of Health & Human Services

A Benchmark Report released as part of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care. Santiam Hospital & Clinics received a score of 92 out of 100 in its Infant Nutrition and Care. This score is higher than the Oregon average score of 85 and the national average score of 75.