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Contact Information

900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” –George Bernard Shaw

“The most important factors for success are patience, a focus on long-term rather than short-term results, reinvestment in people, product, and plant, and an unforgiving commitment to quality." –Robert B. McCurry (former Toyota executive)


Denise Hoover has been teaching at Atkinson since 2015. She brings a passion for healthcare leadership, sustainability and quality, employee engagement and motivation, and Lean. Denise is currently the Vice-President of Surgical Services at Salem Health. In this role, she leads a team accountable across the continuum of care for quality, patient experience, financial performance, and employee and physician engagement for all surgical procedures, as well as inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs.

Prior to this role, Denise served as a project consultant, manager, and director in the Human Resources division at Salem Health, as well as a Service Line Director of Orthopedics, Neuroscience, and Rehabilitation. She has experience in compensation, benefits, employee wellness, HRIS, and payroll for the health system and was the first in Oregon to hold the Certified in Healthcare Human Resources credential. In addition to being certified as a Project Management Professional, Denise maintains certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, has earned the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation, and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Denise has served on the boards of the Willamette Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Oregon Coalition of Healthcare Purchasers, and the Oregon Society of Health Human Resource Administration, and currently serves on the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation board.


  • M.B.A., Atkinson Graduate School of Management
  • B.A., The Colorado College

Areas of Instruction

Project Management
Willamette University

Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

Portland Center

200 SW Market Street, Suite 101
Portland Oregon 97201 U.S.A.

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