Rebecca brings a wealth of health care knowledge and managerial leadership skills to her new role as executive director of Housecall Providers. Formerly the executive director of CareOregon’s Population Health Partnerships, Rebecca received her nursing degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in Public Health from Portland State University. During her 11-year career with the nonprofit health insurance company, she has led the development of innovative population health programs, working collaboratively and broadly with administrators, providers, advocates and community members.
Rebecca has spent her entire public health career focused on improving care for and addressing the inequities of the state’s most vulnerable and disenfranchised populations. She was instrumental in facilitating CareOregon’s first major safety-net primary care transformation initiative, “Primary Care Renewal”, a team-based approach to providing care that integrates proactive data, behavioral health services and chronic disease resources.
Since 2009, Rebecca has been a faculty member for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), and has been a major contributor to the intellectual framework and curriculum development of IHI’s Better Health, Lower Cost national learning collaborative. Over the past several years, she has taught program development methods for IHI to national and international audiences, specifically focusing on vulnerable populations. She is also a member of a select group of national leaders invited to participate in the “Complex Care Innovation Lab” which is hosted by the Center for Health Care Strategies and is focused on developing new, more effective models of care for high-risk Medicaid members.
Will Kennedy, D.O. Advanced Illness Senior Medical Director
Dr. Will Kennedy joins Housecall Providers after serving as the medical director for Population Health Partnerships at CareOregon. Will received his medical degree from Ohio University and completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at the Mount Carmel Health System. Following his fellowship, he developed Mount Carmel’s first provider-based program for patients with advanced illness. Starting in 2008, he worked at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, the country’s largest nursing facility for indigent populations. In Oregon, Will served as medical director for hospice and palliative medicine programs at Adventist Health before joining CareOregon in 2013.
Pamela Miner, M.D. Medical Director
Dr. Pamela Miner became our second medical director on November 1, 2014, following the retirement of Housecall Providers’ founder, Dr. Benneth Husted. Pamela received her medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School and completed her residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. In 2007, she accepted a Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship at Harvard University and a year later joined Providence Health and Services in Portland as a palliative and hospice care physician. Since 2012, she has dedicated her time and talent exclusively to palliative care. As an expert in the field, Pamela has guided the expansion of our palliative care services to provide holistic support to patients as they manage the impact of their chronic conditions while further integrating our primary care and hospice programs.
Kristi Youngs, BSN, RN, CHPN Clinical Operations Director
Kristi has 20 years of health care experience and has been a nurse for almost fifteen years. Her experience includes caring for patients in an inpatient setting, working in and managing a family practice primary care clinic, hospice and palliative care case management and clinical leadership. She is a certified hospice and palliative care nurse and has received additional training to become a Vital Talk and End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium trainer. Most recently, Kristi has spent the last four years building CareOregon’s advanced illness and palliative care programs.
Rebecca Ashling, MSN, RN Hospice Senior Manager
Rebecca Ashling graduated from Walla Walla College School of Nursing in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and from the University of Phoenix in 2006 with a Master of Science in Nursing. Prior to nursing school, she worked as a nursing and medical assistant for 13 years. After nursing school, Rebecca entered maternal/child nursing and then discovered her passion for hospice, feeling that a “snapshot” of a patient did not allow her to provide comprehensive care. Rebecca is passionate about all-embracing end-of-life care and making sure that all of the “pieces” fit together for every patient and family.