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St. Joseph Health System names new CEO of Mission Hospital

Kenneth McFarland has been serving as the hospital’s interim CEO since May

By Elaine MurphyPublished: November 18, 2011 12:15 PM

St. Joseph Health System and Mission Hospital have announced Kenneth McFarland as the new CEO and president of Mission Hospital in south Orange County.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead an organization that is so committed to serving its communities.  My goal is to ensure Mission Hospital continues to be a good neighbor and premier health provider to South County individuals and families,” said McFarland, who has been a leader at Mission Hospital since 1998.

McFarland, of San Clemente, has previously served as the chief financial officer and interim CEO for Mission Hospital, implementing programs to improve health care in Orange County. He introduced electronic medical records to the hospital, facilitating more efficient healthcare and communication between medical staff and patients. He also led the company to financial stability, managing the hospital’s purchase of the former South Coast Medical Center for its Laguna Beach facility.

“Kenn has a great deal of knowledge about the region and possesses a proven track record of envisioning and carrying out numerous efforts that effectively meet community health care needs. I am confident that with Kenn’s keen insight and exceptional skills, Mission Hospital will continue to lead as a trusted, high quality health care partner for South Orange County residents,” said Darrin Montalvo, executive vice president for the Southern California region of the St. Joseph Health System.

Mission Hospital belongs to the Orange-based St. Joseph Health System, and its Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach locations treat south Orange County patients.

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