Three new chief executives and a regional chief operating officer are chosen
to continue longstanding reputation for high quality and innovation
(IRVINE, CA, Jan. 11, 2017)
Irvine, CA - based St. Joseph Hoag Health, an integrated health network, is announcing
several executive changes. The changes will support the vital initiatives
being carried out by the distinguished network of seven hospitals, 1,625
aligned physicians, 26 urgent care centers, 7 wellness corners and a vast
array of programs and services throughout Orange County and the High Desert.
“As trusted names for Southern Californians, we're pleased to
continue growing and changing so that we can fulfill our vision of improving
the health of our communities. This new team of leaders will help us achieve
our goals,” says
Richard Afable, MD, chief executive officer of St. Joseph Hoag Health and the executive vice
president of the Southern California Region Orange County/High Desert
of Providence St. Joseph Health.
A new position of chief operating officer (COO) for acute care delivery
will be assumed by
Lee Penrose, who previously served as president and chief executive officer of St.
Jude Medical Center in Fullerton. Penrose will work collaboratively with
system leaders to oversee acute care operations across Orange County and
the High Desert region. Penrose brings more than two decades of executive
leadership, strategy development and expert management to the role, which
he began January 3, 2017.
With Penrose leaving St. Jude,
Brian Helleland has been named its next chief executive. Helleland previously held the
medical center’s chief operations officer role, leading St. Jude
to achieve top-tier performance in service, quality, and financial strength.
Helleland also collaborated with physicians and medical group members
to redesign approaches to quality, patient safety and peer accountability.
Prior to joining the organization, Helleland held executive leadership
roles at Eisenhower Medical Center, Phoenix Baptist and Western Arizona
Regional Medical Center.
Mission Hospital, a member of the St. Joseph Hoag Health network in South
Orange County, also appointed
Tarek Salaway its new chief executive, effective Dec. 12, 2016, leading both Mission
Hospital’s Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach campuses. Salaway previously
has held the hospital’s chief operating officer role since October
2015, leading Mission’s efforts to achieve significant improvements
in quality, patient satisfaction and employee engagement, as well as the
growth of high performing and reputable clinical programs and specialties.
Prior to joining Mission Hospital, Salaway was COO at Keck Medical Center
of the University of Southern California and held previous executive positions
with Stanford Health Care and Providence Health & Services.
St. Joseph Hospital of Orange has announced the retirement of its current
chief executive officer,
Steven C. Moreau, in late March 2017. Moreau led a distinguished career as a health care
executive at Hoag Hospital and San Antonio Regional Hospital before coming
to St. Joseph in 2010. His successor will be
Jeremy Zoch, PhD, the current executive vice president and chief operating officer for
St. Joseph Hospital. Zoch worked closely with Moreau to lead the hospital’s
many successful performance and clinical improvement initiatives. Before
joining St. Joseph Health, Zoch served as COO of Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield
and was the senior administrator for orthopedics at the University of Maryland.
St. Joseph Hoag Health’s two other hospital chief executives remain
in their roles –
Robert Braithwaite, president and chief executive officer of Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach
and Irvine, and
Alan Garrett, president and chief executive officer of St. Joseph Health, St. Mary
in the High Desert.
“We have important work ahead of us in this changing health care
environment, and I am confident this new leadership team will build innovative
partnerships and infrastructures to benefit our patients and communities,”
Dr. Afable says. “As the most-recognized health care provider in
the region, St. Joseph Hoag Health is committed to making high-quality
health and wellness services convenient and accessible to all members
of our communities.”
About St. Joseph Hoag Health
St. Joseph Hoag Health is a historic alliance for Orange County and the
High Desert, laying the foundation for sweeping changes in the delivery
and accessibility of high quality health care. As a combined organization,
St. Joseph Hoag Health has earned some of the highest honors for medical
care, including Magnet designation for its hospitals (the highest honor
bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence), and "best of"
listings in US News & World Report. Drawing upon the strengths of
its renowned hospitals and physician network, St. Joseph Hoag Health focuses
on meeting the challenges of health care today, including expanding and
diversifying access, improving wellness and preventive services, ensuring
quality and developing more efficient methods in the delivery of care.
The network includes seven hospitals (Hoag Newport Beach, Hoag Irvine,
Hoag Orthopedic Institute, Mission Hospital Mission Viejo, Mission Hospital
Laguna Beach, St. Joseph Hospital Orange and St. Jude Medical Center),
26 urgent care centers, 8 medical groups, 425 primary care physicians,
and 1,200 specialists. It has also developed the nationally recognized
Wellness Corners, which bring services for health and well-being right
to some of the region’s largest business and residential centers.
The network is also affiliated with CHOC Children's and CHOC Children's
at Mission Hospital. For additional information, visit