Queen of the Valley Medical Center (QVMC) and St. Joseph Health (SJH) today announced that Walt Mickens has been named Queen of the Valley’s new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mickens succeeds Dennis Sisto, who is retiring after a distinguished, 13-year tenure at QVMC and 24-year tenure with St. Joseph Health System.
Mickens has served as Chief Operations Officer (COO) for QVMC since 2008. He is a senior healthcare executive with more than twenty-five years of experience at acute care facilities, including teaching, faith-based, non-profit, for-profit, trauma center and community hospitals.
“Walt has been an asset to our health care system and brings significant experience that will lead Queen into the next chapter of success while continuing to provide the highest quality of care,”said Joseph Randolph, Executive Vice President and COO of St. Joseph Health. “He has played an intricate role in the Queen’s impressive record of growth and development and I am confident that his vision will continue to build on Queen’s heritage of meeting the needs of the Napa community.”
While at Queen of the Valley, Mickens has helped forge a creative partnership with UCSF Medical Center to return neurosurgery to the Napa Valley, opened a very successful Wound Care Center, built strong relationships with medical staff and employees, personally championed the employee health program and oversaw successful adoption of various process improvement initiatives aimed at financial and operational efficiency.
“I am excited to be part of Queen of the Valley’s continued success,” said Mickens.
“I look forward to continuing and expanding on the standards of service and excellence advanced by Dennis that truly distinguish the Queen as a regional healthcare resource. As we look for opportunities to expand our services and extend our mission, my goal is to focus on building a network of care that reaches beyond our hospital walls.”
Before coming to Queen of the Valley, Mickens served as CEO of West Boca Medical Center in Boca Raton, Florida. His previous administrative experience also includes a role as an executive for another hospital in the St. Joseph Health – Mission Hospitalin Mission Viejo, California.
During his career, Mickens has successfully planned and implemented a wide variety of clinical and operational programs, including hospitalist relationships, inpatient and outpatient surgery programs, employee and patient satisfaction efforts, and service line planning and implementation. He has also overseen employee and community campaigns focusing on a variety of issues critical to healthcare delivery.
Mickens earned an M.B.A., in Corporate Finance at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford, New Jersey, and a B.S. in Business Administration at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania.
Dennis Sisto departs QVMC after a period of unprecedented progress at the medical center. Under Sisto’s direction, Queen of the Valley has made advances in the quality, accessibility, and depth of the services it offers to the community. Among the most impressive technical achievements resulting from Sisto’s continuing emphasis on state-of-the-art services have been the addition of a comprehensive robotically assisted surgery program, re-establishment of a Neuroscience program, and development of unparalleled diagnostic capabilities within the Napa Valley Imaging Center.
Under his leadership, Queen of the Valley has also opened a 20,000-square-foot, stand-alone Outpatient Surgery & Procedure Center; completed remodeling and expansion of the Obstetrics Department; and embarked on a 72,000 square-foot building expansion that will create six new, state-of-the-art surgical suites. In tandem with Sisto’s efforts to enhance the Queen’s range of medical and surgical services, he has championed projects aimed at disease prevention and management.
He led the development process for the Queen of the Valley Medical Center Wellness Center, opened in 2007, to provide wellness, disease management, medically based fitness, and additional rehabilitation services to the community.