St. Joseph Health and Mission Hospital today announced Kenneth McFarland as Mission Hospital’s new president and chief executive officer. McFarland has served Mission Hospital in leadership roles since 1998, most recently as interim CEO since May.
“Kenn has a great deal of knowledge about the region and possesses a proven track record of envisioning and carrying out numerous efforts that effectively meet community health care needs,” says Darrin Montalvo, executive vice president, Southern California Region, St. Joseph Health. “I am confident that with Kenn’s keen insight and exceptional skills, Mission Hospital will continue to lead as a trusted, high quality health care partner for South Orange County residents. “
McFarland joined Mission Hospital as its chief financial officer and quickly became known not just for stewarding the organization’s resources, but also for guiding teams to develop programs and services that greatly improve community health care. He led the hospital’s implementation of an electronic medical record which would help increase the efficiency and accuracy of care. Additionally, he developed the Mission Viejo site’s master plan and, in 2009, was instrumental in purchasing the former South Coast Medical Center in Laguna Beach. Under McFarland’s leadership, Mission introduced several new services to the facility and secured its financial stability.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead an organization that is so committed to serving its communities. My goal is to ensure Mission Hospital continues to be a good neighbor and premier health provider to South County individuals and families,” says McFarland.
A lifelong advocate of community service, McFarland presently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Camino Health Center and has been active on the boards of Stoneybrooke Christian Schools and San Clemente Little League.
In 2007, McFarland received the CFO of the Year Award from the Orange County/Long Beach chapter of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. He holds a bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic University, Pomona and a master’s degree in business administration from University of California, Irvine. He and his wife, Kristine, live in San Clemente with their sons Jacob, 14 and Sean, 11.
Mission Hospital includes campuses in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach. The hospital serves all of South Orange County and houses the region’s designated trauma center, Mission Heart Center, behavioral health & chemical dependency services and Mission Maternity Center and Women’s Wellness Center. Mission Hospital is part of the St. Joseph Health, which was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.