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Longtime Arizona Hospital CEO Takes Reins of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – A national, yearlong search for a new CEO of Sutter Health’s flagship hospital, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, resulted in the hiring of Dave Cheney, a veteran administrator whose leadership at an Arizona hospital led to several national quality awards.

New Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento CEO Dave Cheney.

New Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento CEO Dave Cheney.

Cheney replaces Mike Cohill, who retired after serving as interim CEO of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento for the past year. Cheney began his tenure this week.

“We are grateful to Mike Cohill for his outstanding leadership during this transition period as we searched for the perfect fit for one of state’s premier medical centers,” said Grant Davies, CEO of Sutter Health Valley Area Hospitals. “Dave Cheney brings his very strong integrated delivery system experience to Sutter Health, and we will benefit from his reputation as an outstanding coach and mentor to other leaders, his exemplary work with the physician community, and his abilities to build a team-oriented culture.”

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, which opened in 1923, is a not-for-profit, tertiary, 500-bed medical center servicing Northern California that has been named one of the Top 100 Hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics for five years, most recently from 2013-2015, and has received several other industry honors.

“My top priorities are patient safety and quality of care,” Cheney said. “Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has a tremendous history of providing safe care at the highest level, and I hope to build on that legacy and culture.”

Cheney was an administrator in the Banner Health System of Arizona for 30 years. Since 2008, Cheney served as CEO of Banner Boswell Medical Center, a 525-bed hospital in Sun City, Ariz. He led Banner Boswell to many top Truven honors, multiple “A” ratings from Leapfrog, U.S. News and World Report’s best hospital designation, as well as numerous quality awards from specialty groups.

Cheney worked as a paramedic in the Phoenix area early in his career, providing the delivery of patient care first-hand. This experience kept him grounded in the fundamental values that keep hospitals on the right track, he said. Over the following years, he accepted greater leadership roles in strategy and operations at Good Samaritan Medical Center, Banner’s flagship teaching hospital in Phoenix. His time at Samaritan culminated in his role as Senior Administrator, responsible for operations of the 635-bed trauma center.

Dave holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and his master’s in business administration from Arizona State University. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and on the board of directors of numerous community nonprofit organizations.

In 2015, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s midtown campus in the Sutter’s Fort neighborhood expanded to include the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center, which is the home to the top birthing center in the region and a comprehensive children’s hospital known as Sutter Children’s Center. It is linked by spanning structure to its sister hospital, the Ose Adams Medical Pavilion, home to surgery and emergency services and all adult specialty services, including Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute, Sutter Orthopaedic Institute, Sutter Cancer Center and Sutter Neuroscience Institute.

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