This week’s spotlight focuses on Dr. Traci Rieckmann, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of GreenField Health. Traci has been working at GreenField for nearly 4 years and has enjoyed revitalizing the practice and creating an engaging and innovative culture with the current providers, health coordinators and administrative staff. Prior to her work at GreenField Traci was an Associate Professor at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in the School of Public Health and in the School of Medicine. During her time at OHSU she was funded by NIH, national foundations, and state grants to lead clinical trials and health policy research teams. During her work in academic medicine she was selected for the OHSU Paths to Leadership program and expanded her work in implementation science, performance improvement, and lean management. Traci also serves as a consultant at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and believes that staying engaged in science and learning is important for all leaders.
Traci was drawn to GreenField because of the innovative model and opportunity to provide relationship based, high value health care while also improving service options such as behavioral health, nutrition counseling, and complex care management. Her desire for excellence and a positive experience for GreenField staff and providers parallels her passion for top quality patient care. Traci supports her team members in developing as leaders and employees, she wants each team member to feel seen, valued, and have the opportunity to grow professionally. She commented, “My best leadership moments are often when team members are promoted, try something new, join a new training program, or give a talk at a meeting.” She commented further, “There is daily joy in watching my co-workers learn new skills, support a patient who isn’t feeling well, pulling together for a team member during a difficult time, or seeing a provider receive flowers from a grateful patient.” Traci noted that it is crucial to have a healthy culture with team members that respect and care about one another. She commented about the GreenField model, “Both sides of this relationship – patient and provider - benefit as it allows for deeper connection and understanding.” “We strive to have all providers and employees engage in meaningful work and thrive together as a team. Their unique interests and skills should be supported and appreciated in a system that evolves as health care changes.”
Outside of work Traci enjoys spending time with her two children, being outside as much as possible, and learning new things. She spends most weekends biking, out running around Portland with her friends, family, and the MAC early birds. When asked about life balance, Traci spoke about her love of the outdoors, the Wallowa’s, Central Oregon, and cycling and traveling internationally. She commented “One way to express your appreciation and truly connect with those you care about is by sharing new adventures and spending time together in nature.” Traci would like to thank every member of the GreenField Health team for making her time at GreenField amazing and memorable and she looks forward to many years ahead.
Traci’s Health Tip:
“Spend as much time outside as possible. It will help you connect with yourself and the world around you.”