California hospital administrator to retire: 4 things to know

Longtime San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) regional healthcare administrator David Benn plans to retire in January.

Here are four things to know about Mr. Benn.

1. He is retiring after a 39-year career.

2. He led the strategic decision and negotiations for Memorial Hospitals Association to affiliate with Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health in 1996. Three years later, he became CEO of Sutter Health's Central Valley Service Area hospitals.

3. During the past six years as Sutter Health's Central Valley Region president, he was responsible for aligning four affiliated organizations — Memorial Hospital Los Banos (Calif.), Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, Calif., Sutter Tracy (Calif.) Community Hospital and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation — into an integrated regional healthcare provider network.

4. Mr. Benn achieved notable accomplishments during his tenure with Sutter Health. They include:

  • Helping create the MediFlight Air Ambulance, which transports ill or injured patients to appropriate healthcare centers for treatment
  • Directing the planning and building of the $180 million Memorial Medical Center North Tower in 2007
  • Setting a course for future growth with the planning and building of Sutter Gould Medical Foundation care centers in Turlock, Calif., and Tracy, Calif.


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