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St. Joseph Hospital names new CEO

Steve Moreau succeeds Larry Ainsworth, who retired in June.

By Kristen SchottPublished: October 19, 2010 09:36 AM

Health-care industry veteran Steve Moreau has been named the new president and CEO of St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, effective Dec. 1.

Moreau (right) replaces former CEO Larry Ainsworth, who retired in June. Joe Randolph, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Orange-based St. Joseph Health System, the hospital's parent firm, has been serving as interim CEO since July.

“Steve brings 35 years of health-care operations and planning experience, and a commitment to the St. Joseph Health System mission,” said Randolph. “His background in building effective management teams, working collaboratively with physicians, and helping clinicians and staff provide the highest quality of care to patients has prepared him to lead St. Joseph Hospital during unprecedented times and changes in the health-care environment.”

Moreau most recently served as president and CEO of San Antonio Community Hospital in Upland. In the position, Moreau lead the health-care institution's financial turnaround and helped develop strategic, operating and capital plans.

Prior to his time at San Antonio, Moreau served as senior vice president and chief operating officer at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach for a 14-year period. While at Hoag, he headed up the development of the medical facility's centers of excellence in cancer, heart and vascular, orthopedics and women's services, among other duties.

“St. Joseph Hospital and the people of St. Joseph Health System have a shining reputation in Orange County,” said Moreau. “I feel honored and privileged to join this amazing team of health-care professionals and to build on the nearly 100-year health-care legacy of St. Joseph Health System and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.”

The 525-bed nonprofit hospital boasts a 1,000-member medical staff and more than 3,800 support employees. The medical institution offers more than 75 specialty programs, including the Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment, the Heart and Vascular Center, and an orthopedics program.

“Steve is an outstanding leader and hospital administrator, whose contagious passion for excellence has led to a remarkable list of achievements,” added Sister Theresa LaMetterey, CSJ, chairwoman of the hospital's board of trustees. "His extensive experience and talents will ensure that St. Joseph Hospital will remain one of the top hospitals in the country, at the leading edge of health care and continue to meet the needs of local residents just as we have done since we first opened our hospital doors in 1929.”

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