CEO Stephen Ralph: Building Nursing Excellence at Huntington Memorial Hospital

Stephen A. Ralph serves as president and CEO of Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, Calif. He joined HMH in 1984 as vice president of administration and took the helm in 1994.

During his nearly 20 years leading the non-profit teaching hospital, its budget has grown from less than $100 million to more than $500 million and is now ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report in two specialties: orthopedics and urology. "Pursuing excellence in patient care is what we do every day at Huntington Hospital, and it's an honor to have the hard work of our medical and nursing staffs — as well as all of our employees — recognized in this way," Mr. Ralph said in a news release announcing the rankings.

Additionally, under Mr. Ralph's leadership, the hospital earned Magnet designation for excellence in nursing in 2011 and formed the Institute for Nursing Excellence and Innovation in 2012. The fledgling institute will help the hospital's nurses say "the very heart of patient care at Huntington Hospital and an essential part of the hospital's mission of medical excellence," Mr. Ralph said.

When he's not leading HMH, Mr. Ralph is involved in various state and national healthcare professional organizations.

Mr. Ralph holds a master's degree in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

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