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Mission Hospital CEO plans to resign

Peter Bastone will step down June 30 to pursue other opportunities.

By Kristen SchottPublished: April 12, 2011 09:45 AM

Mission Hospital President and CEO Peter Bastone plans to step down June 30 to pursue other opportunities. A search for his replacement is expected to begin shortly.

The 2010 Hot 25 honoree joined the South County medical institution in 1996. During his time at the medical center, he has been instrumental in a number of efforts, including the acquisition of South Coast Medical Center in Laguna Beach in 2009 – followed by its "financial turnaround," said St. Joseph Health System Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Joe Randolph.

"Our health-care system, Mission Hospital and its patients and the community of South Orange County have benefited greatly from Peter's 15 years of leadership," said Randolph. "His vision and commitment to excellence resulted in countless awards and high honors, putting Mission Hospital on the map nationally as a highly recognized and respected health-care institution."

Prior to joining Mission Hospital, Bastone completed the effort to bring Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital in South L.A. to profitability. He currently is the chairman of the Alliance of Catholic Health Care Board of Directors and the Orange County Emergency Medical Services Committee for the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC), in addition to serving as a regional representative and board member for the agency, among other posts.

“A hallmark of Peter’s leadership is the strong management team and quality clinicians and caregivers in place who are committed to carrying out Mission’s ongoing quest for perfect care,” said Randolph.

Mission Hospital is a 552-bed nonprofit medical facility and boasts the county's only regional trauma center in Mission Viejo. The center, which is part of the St. Joseph Health System, offers neonatal care through a partnership with CHOC Children's. The hospital's Laguna Beach campus provides emergency, intensive and surgical care, among other services.

“With many of my personal and professional goals for Mission Hospital accomplished, I am excited about moving on to explore new challenges," said Bastone. "At the same time, I leave behind an incredible staff, a hospital and health system that I have been proud and privileged to serve and a tremendously supportive community to which I remain deeply committed.”

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Readers Feedback:

What a HUGE loss to Mission Hospital and to it's Health Care System. I pray that wherever you go, whatever you do, may God's BEST blessings forever follow you and your family.
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