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St. John’s Health Center Announces New Leadership Team St. John’s Health Center has announced the appointment of Mike Wall as acting president/CEO, Ken Meehan as acting COO and Patrick Lash as acting senior financial administrator of the hospital “These new leaders bring a track record of quality and operational improvement that will help position St. John’s for long-term sustainability in a uniquely competitive market,” said Sarah Phelan, St. John’s manager of com-

munications. “We are excited about the experience these leaders will bring to the hospital and the community. “These changes will help us further our mission of providing high-quality, compassionate, person-centered care to all who walk through St. John’s doors,” Phelan added. • Wall brings extensive experience in hospital leadership and physician relations to his new role. For the past 35 years, Wall has

UCLA BOARD MEETING–Attending the UCLA Health System Board Meeting were, from left, Arline Gluck, Henry Gluck, board chairman; Candy Spelling, boardmember; Tracey Gluck and Dr. David T. Feinberg, president-UCLA Health System, CEO of the UCLA Hospital System, associate vice chancellor.

UCLA Health System Board Members Discuss Care Delivery At Inaugural Meeting The inaugural meeting of the UCLA Health System Board this month at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center heralded an important next step in the health system’s ongoing drive to deliver the most compassionate and comprehensive care in the country. In recent years, UCLA Health System has made strides in enhancing patient satisfaction and safety, while continuing to uphold the highest clinical standards for patient care. Members of the board, which was created as an outgrowth of the UCLA Health System and David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Strategic Plan, are influential community leaders as well as members from existing hospital boards who serve as ambassadors for the health system and medical school. After welcoming remarks from Chairman Henry Gluck and Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Geffen School Dr. A. Eugene Washington, Dr. David Feinberg, president of the health system, spoke about the purpose of the organization “to alleviate suffering, promote health and deliver acts of kindness,” and its goal to “heal humankind one patient at a time.” Those goals were illustrated for the board in talks by three leading researchers and physicians. • Surgeon Dr. Kodi Azari spoke about his work in limb transplantation and with Operation Mend, UCLA’s joint program with the U.S. military to provide reconstructive surgical care to servicemen and servicewomen injured in

combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Azari is chief of reconstructive transplantation. Last March he successfully completed the first hand transplant performed in the western U.S. • Neurologist Dr. Paul Vespa introduced the board to RONI—the Robot of the Neuro ICU—that enables physicians to remotely monitor and communicate with their hospitalized patients, as well as with members of the medical staff. • And Professor of Emergency Medicine Dr. Mark Morocco provided an overview of emergency medicine and what to expect in the Emergency Room. The Strategic Plan called for creation of the UCLA Health System Board as a way to draw together the diverse efforts of UCLA’s four hospitals – Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Mattel Children’s Hospital, the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica—and more than 100 community clinics. These facilities have nearly 2,000 physicians, 1,000 residents and fellows, 3,350 registered nurses and 11,500 staff members. Each year, more than 1.5-million patients enter the clinics, and more than 300,000 enter the hospitals. A reception followed the presentations during which board members participated in demonstrations of Urban Zen Integrative Therapy programs, such as yoga therapy and Reiki, and interacted with pets of the People-Animal Connection Program.

worked in hospital administration at facilities across California. Most recently, Wall spent more than a decade as the president/CEO of Northridge Hospital Medical Center, a 411-bed facility in Northridge During his time at Northridge, Wall significantly increased the hospital’s operating income and cash flow, improved employee satisfaction by nearly 40 percent and led the hospital to being named “The Best Place to Work in Los Angeles” by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Before his leadership post at Northridge, Wall was CEO at two other California medical centers. Wall is a fellow with the American College of Health Care Executives as well as a current board member for the Economic Alliance of San Fernando Valley and the Valley Industry Commerce Association. In 1997, he was honored as the American Heart Association Man of the Year. • Meehan joined St. John’s as the acting COO this year after spending more than 30 years working in operations and finance for California-based John Muir Health. Most recently, Meehan was the executive vice president of John Muir Health’s hospital division, comprised of three inpatient medical centers, a lab and four outpatient ancillary centers. During his time as executive vice president, Meehan developed a 10-year

strategic plan and implemented a successful performance improvement infrastructure. Before that, Meehan was the president of John Muir Medical Center, a 425-bed acute care facility in Walnut Cree With expertise in hospital finance and operations, Meehan is a current board member of the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, the Voluntary Hospitals of America and the BETA Healthcare Group. • Lash brings extensive experience in hospital finance to his role as acting senior financial administrator of St. John’s Health Center. After excelling as the chief financial officer at several medical centers in California and Hawaii, Lash shifted into the world of consulting where he has acted as interim chief financial officer for multiple hospitals and health systems in transition and managed several successful turnarounds of hospitals across the nation. In addition to being a CPA, Lash is a fellow with the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is also a member of the American Institute of CPA’s and a finisher of the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. As part of this shift in leadership, the St. John’s Health Center board of directors was also reorganized.

BH Courier 11-30-12 E-edition  
BH Courier 11-30-12 E-edition  

Beverly Hills Courier November 30, 2012 E-edition