Providence St. Joseph Health Southern California announces new executive leadership team

January 12, 2018

World-class team of executives is positioned for success in the dynamic health care environment

Providence St. Joseph Health Southern California, the region’s second-largest health care provider, is announcing a new executive structure that will advance health services through shared expertise across three Southern California counties to provide patients with more access to high-quality care.

The new team will lead innovative efforts to optimize care delivery, partner with the community to improve health and well-being, and ensure the organization’s mission of taking care of the most vulnerable.

“This new leadership will fulfill our goals of providing outstanding clinical care, greater access and increased affordability to those we serve,” says Erik G. Wexler, chief executive, Providence St. Joseph Health Southern California. “These dedicated leaders are expanding their scope across our newly combined region and I am proud we were able to design a world-class leadership team with the expertise to pursue new opportunities for continually improving our services, while also effectively stewarding our resources.”

The new team includes local leadership from Providence Health & Services’ Los Angeles Service Area and Orange County/San Bernardino High Desert-based St. Joseph Health, which united when Providence St. Joseph Health was formed in 2016. Wexler’s new executive team members are:

Lisa Weaver, chief integration and external relations officer – Weaver will implement strategic plans and partnerships in Southern California, and be responsible for marketing and communications, government relations and business-to-business programs in Orange County.

Prub (P.K.) Khurana, chief strategy officer and chief executive, Providence Health Network – Khurana will lead the development and oversight of the organization’s strategy across Southern California, identifying new ways to grow and diversify revenue, as well as build a strong ambulatory services network.

Syl Trepanier, DNP, RN, chief clinical executive – As regional chief clinical executive, Trepanier will have oversight of clinical care delivery, including the strategic direction for medicine, nursing, quality, infection prevention, care coordination, clinical operations, clinical education, case management, and social services.

Andre Vovan, M.D., chief clinical effectiveness officer - Dr. Vovan will expand his role as medical director of the Orange County/High Desert area to now include the Southern California region, implementing strategies to ensure cost-effective and efficient care delivery along with optimal clinical outcomes.

Gail Lindsay, chief quality officer – Lindsay will focus on the delivery of safe, reliable and compassionate care, working with Dr. Vovan to ensure the health system focuses on clinical performance improvement across the care continuum.

Rosie Perez, senior vice president, mission integration and Sister Nancy Jurecki, chief mission officer – Perez will serve as the regional mission leader for Southern California, and Sister Nancy Jurecki, OP, will increase her responsibilities across Southern California to advance mission-based initiatives and best practices. They will work with leadership to ensure Mission, values and heritage are carried out in every aspect of care and community outreach.

Pam Stahl, group vice president/chief human resources officer and Mary Leahy, vice president, chief human resources officer - Stahl will expand her responsibility to the new region, overseeing the employee and talent acquisition strategy, and business operations for human resource support functions. Leahy will oversee human resources in the Orange County/High Desert service area with a special focus on organizational culture.

Lee Penrose, interim chief financial officer (CFO) and chief operations officer, Orange County/High Desert – Penrose, who announced his intention to leave the organization in April 2018, will remain as the chief operating officer and CFO for Orange County/High Desert until his departure.

Steve Mohr, chief financial officer, Los Angeles – Mohr will continue to serve as CFO for the Los Angeles service area, designing, tracking and implementing new financial efficiency initiatives, improving collaboration on payer contracting, and assisting with critical strategic growth opportunities.

Dave Mast, chief executive officer, Medical Foundations Los Angeles – Mast will continue to lead the three medical foundations in the Los Angeles service area. We are recruiting for a chief executive, medical foundation, for the Orange County/High Desert service area - part of St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare. Both Dave and this new role will report to Kevin Manemann, President & CEO, St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare and Senior Vice President, Physician Services for California and Texas.

Susan Dolbert, chief development officer, philanthropy, Los Angeles and Amanda Ferrari, chief development officer, philanthropy, Orange County/High Desert – Dolbert and Ferrari will form a Southern California Philanthropy Council that will bring together the regional philanthropic leaders to develop best practices. Ferrari will continue to serve as the vice president, estate and gift planning for Providence St. Joseph Health.

The region also will recruit for a health network executive/chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Positions that have been named are effective immediately.

The new structure, which was assembled over the past several months, was developed in collaboration with regional and health system leaders, as well as with the consultation of Richard Afable, M.D., who announced his retirement from leading PSJH’s Orange County/High Desert region earlier this year.

Says Wexler, “I am confident this team and this design will serve us well as we face the challenges and opportunities of today’s dynamic health care environment.”