Meet Your 40 Under 40 Winner - Kristi Amerson, Director of Surgical Services, Willamette Valley Medical Center

Sept. 11, 2023
Congratulations to Kristi Amerson for being named to the inaugural Healthcare Innovation 40 Under 40 awards program!

Congratulations to 40 Under 40 Winner: Kristi Amerson, Director of Surgical Services, Willamette Valley Medical Center

Get To Know Kristi: 

Age (as of December 31, 2023): 37 years old

Hometown: McMinnville, Oregon

Alma Matter: Indiana State University (BSN); Grand Canyon University (MSN)

Number of Years of Experience in Healthcare: 18 years

Someone You Look Up to in the Industry: Virginia Henderson 

Favorite Hobby: Sailing

Favorite Movie of All-Time: Italian Job

Favorite Band or Musician: Little Big Town

Your Favorite thing about healthcare: Helping my teams make a difference and always striving to learn something new. Healthcare requires change and although it may be hard, patients rely on us to think creatively. Never stop asking questions.

Why is this candidate a good fit for 40 under 40? 

Kristi's remarkable achievements, leadership abilities, and relentless pursuit of innovation make her an exceptional fit for the Healthcare Innovation "40 Under 40 Program." Her transformative work in the Joint Research Institute of Oregon, operationalization of the Willamette Valley Bariatric Institute, and establishment of the robotic program showcase her dedication to advancing healthcare practices. Kristi's commitment to improving patient outcomes, bringing innovative solutions to underserved communities, and fostering a culture of collaboration make her an exemplary candidate for this prestigious award.

Explain this candidate’s professional accomplishments. 

Kristi's leadership and strategic vision have led to significant advancements in the field of surgical research. Through her leadership in the Joint Research Institute of Oregon, she has created an environment that fosters collaboration and innovation. Her ability to bring together a diverse team of healthcare professionals and secure critical funding has resulted in breakthroughs in surgical techniques, positively impacting patient outcomes within the organization and beyond.  In addition to her work in research, Kristi's accomplishments extend to the operationalization of the Willamette Valley Bariatric Institute. Her commitment to improving patient outcomes and promoting a multidisciplinary approach has made a substantial difference in the lives of individuals struggling with obesity. By establishing this institute, she has provided an essential resource for the community, addressing a critical healthcare need and offering comprehensive care to patients.  The establishment of the robotic program at Willamette Valley Medical Center showcases Kristi's pioneering spirit and commitment to innovation. As the first of its kind in McMinnville, Oregon, this program has brought cutting-edge technology to a previously underserved community. Kristi's ability to think outside the box and push the boundaries of what is possible in rural healthcare settings is commendable. Her dedication to providing "big city" ideas and services to an underserved population demonstrates her commitment to improving access to advanced healthcare technologies and services.

How does the candidate show commitment to the industry and bettering their professional career?

Kristi's professional journey at Willamette Valley Medical Center showcases her determination, perseverance, and passion for innovation. Having started from an entry-level position, she has worked her way up to become the Director of Surgical Services, which demonstrates her commitment to personal and professional growth. This journey highlights her ability to overcome challenges and succeed in a demanding healthcare environment.

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