Janice Burger, Providence St. Vincent chief executive, is retiring after 34 years of service with Providence Health & Services in Oregon. Burger began her Providence career at St. Vincent in 1986. She led clinical programs and was the chief executive of Providence Milwaukie before returning to Providence St. Vincent as its chief executive 15 years ago. In recent years Burger took on the role of chief executive of Providence’s western division in Oregon – also overseeing Providence Newberg Medical Center and Providence Seaside Hospital.

“Under Janice’s servant leadership, the campus has grown into today’s world-class medical center with programs and services that put the needs of the community’s patients and families first,” said William Olson, chief operating officer for Providence in Oregon.

“I have been so very blessed to be dedicated to a mission that calls us to care for the poor and vulnerable,” said Burger. “Not many people can end their professional career by saying they had the best job ever. I can do that with great joy and gratitude.”

Burger will continue as chief executive until she retires in December. Nancy Roberts, chief operating officer of Providence St. Vincent, will serve as interim leader until a permanent replacement is hired.

“To all of our dedicated and selfless caregivers and providers who commit your lives to serve others, know how much you have blessed me,” Burger wrote in an email sent announcing her retirement. “I am a better person because of your example and your kindness. You are all a part of my life, and I will always hold you in my heart.”