California hospital's chief medical officer resigns

Robert Pretzlaff, MD, has resigned from his role as vice president and chief medical officer of Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Valencia, Calif., according to a Jan. 11 report from The Santa Clarita Valley Signal.

In an interview with the news outlet, Dr. Pretzlaff said he is departing the role to be closer to family in Northern California and accepting a new CMO role where he will oversee two hospitals in Lodi and Stockton. He was hired as CMO of Henry Mayo in 2021 and was part of growth efforts related to primary care and surgical services. 

Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital said in a statement to Becker's that a search is underway for a new CMO. 

"Dr. Pretzlaff's efforts were instrumental as we navigate various COVID-19 regulations, and especially in enhancing our quality and infection prevention programs," the hospital said. "We wish him the very best in his future endeavors."

Dr. Pretzlaff previously served as regional CMO at Lumeris, a St. Louis-based healthcare consulting company. Before that, he was the chief physician executive and president of Dignity Health Medical Group in Nevada. 

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