Leadership Change at Simi Valley Hospital
According to Scott Reiner, senior vice president of Adventist Health and board chair of the hospital, Gary Irish will step down as president/CEO of Simi Valley Hospital (SVH) effective March 8, 2008. Truman Esmond, COO/CFO of the Southern California facility, will assume interim CEO duties. An executive search for a permanent replacement is currently underway.
“This leadership transition will not impact the opening of SVH’s new patient care tower, which is slated to open early May,” stated Reiner, who acknowledged Gary’s contributions to this hospital and more broadly to Adventist Health.
During Irish’s tenure at SVH, $1.7 million was invested in computerized radiology and picture archiving computer system (PACS) technology and as a result, the Nancy Reagan Breast Center provided its first digital mammogram in November 2007. In addition, plans were submitted to the city of Simi Valley as part of a joint venture with DASCO, a developer and builder, to create a three story, 44,724 square-foot medical office building with the goal of expanding physician office space and outpatient services. The hospital also initiated plans to develop a cardiac catheterization lab in the new patient care tower addition and recently invested $500,000 into renovating the emergency department.