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About Us

Orca Partners LLC provides healthcare governance and C-suite leadership with the guidance, resources, and support needed to make a significant and sustainable impact on organization-wide performance, including economics.


Our focus is on governance and management leading practices; learning what works for others is the most effective and timely way to accelerate performance. Culture, values and behaviors is a personal area of interest; how people work together and provide care and services will enable, inhibit, or undermine the best intended strategies.

Areas of Expertise

  • Aligning governance and management roles

  • Strengthening the board, chair and CEO partnership

  • Enhancing vision, mission and strategies

  • Renewing the organization’s cultural values

  • Facilitating transformational change

  • Setting goals that lead to zero harm

  • Measuring performance and closing the gaps

  • Coaching and training support

Tom Van Dawark Govern to Zero Harm Orca Partners LLC Healthcare Governance Quality and Safety Consulting

About Tom Van Dawark

Tom was born and raised in a small community south of Portland, Oregon. He worked on the family farm from an early age and attended high school with 14 classmates. Tom received his Business Administration degree at the University of Oregon, served in the Army and returned to Oregon for his MBA.

Tom has been fortunate to have the opportunity to serve as a CEO with high reliability organizations such as Foss Maritime and Todd Shipyard, as well as a governance leader as Board Chair at the Virginia Mason Health System and a member of the Seattle Children's Hospital Board Quality Committee. Tom enjoys working with community and rural hospital leaders and has successfully assisted a number of organizations in performance improvement work.

Orca Partners was established to fulfill a commitment to share with others the lessons I have been fortunate to learn as a CEO, governance leader and consultant.

Tom and his wife Janet live on Whidbey Island north of Seattle with their ten-year-old grandson Damien.

Contact Us

Contact Tom Van Dawark, CEO of Orca Partners LLC, to learn how to impact your pace of performance improvement.

Orca Partners LLC Healthcare Governance Quality and Safety Consulting

Orca Partners LLC

4668 Elsica Drive

Clinton, WA 98236

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