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Dr. Richard Afable

CEO – Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Newport Beach

OC METRO's Hot 25 for 2011Published: November 01, 2011

Something few people know about you: I used to make a living as a musician in a rock group.
Hot Factor: Dr. Richard Afable’s visionary leadership earned him a place among the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare.”

Many hospital administrators come from the business world. But Afable spent 16 years as a physician, specializing in internal medicine and geriatrics, before moving into management. Afable was recruited for the top Hoag spot seven years ago. He made the move, he says, because he had been so impressed with the dedication of its board of directors, whose members all serve without a fee. And his commitment has earned him a spot on Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician’s “50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare.”
   
“Many who live in coastal Orange County can afford to go to major clinics all over the country for special healthcare needs,” Afable says. “We want them to know they can get the same treatment at Hoag.”
   
As part of a 10-year plan, Hoag last year opened the 154-bed Hoag Hospital Irvine. But Afable adds that Hoag is also concentrating on enhancing the five areas of general care: orthopedics, cancer and heart care, women’s health and neuroscience. Afable believes Hoag offers the highest skill level in the country.

“We want a hospital that’s more like the academic medical centers, such as UCLA, where you see exceptional care going on,” he says. “We think we’re well on our way.”

Editor’s Note: To see who made our “Hot 25” lists in prior years, visit our Archives page.
   
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