Providence to phase out chief executive role at 2 hospitals

The chief executives of two Providence hospitals in California will be leaving their roles as part of a restructuring to streamline executive roles, a spokesperson confirmed to Becker's

Terry Wooten will leave his role as chief executive of Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, Calif., and Chuck Kassis will leave his role as chief executive of Santa Rosa (Calif.) Memorial Hospital, effective in November, according to Renton, Wash.-based Providence. Mr. Wooten has served in his role since July 2021, and Mr. Kassis has served in his role since January 2022. 

Before his current role, Mr. Wooten served as the operations leader for Providence Mission Hospital campuses in Southern California. Mr. Kassis previously served as the president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center in Merced, Calif., a member of San Francisco-based Dignity Health and a part of Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health.

"A year ago, our Northern and Southern California regions came together under a single leadership team to form Providence's new South Division," Providence said in a statement shared with Becker's. "This was part of a systemwide restructuring to streamline executive roles so we could preserve more resources for front-line caregivers and become nimbler and more responsive to the times."

Garry Olney, DNP, RN, chief executive at Providence Little Company of Mary medical centers in San Pedro and Torrance, Calif., will serve as the Northern California service area chief executive, effective Nov. 5, according to the health system. Mr. Olney also will serve as the chief executive of Santa Rosa Memorial, and a chief administrative officer will be hired for Queen of the Valley.

Mr. Olney will no longer serve in Southern California, according to Providence.

In a similar structure, the hospitals Mr. Olney led in Southern California will become part of the Los Angeles-Coastal service area, the health system said. All Northern California ministry/hospital executive leaders will report to Mr. Olney.

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