Sutter Lakeside Hospital Welcomes New CAO – Ms. Siri Nelson
LAKEPORT, Calif., May 26, 2009 - We are very pleased to welcome Siri Nelson as the new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for Sutter Lakeside Hospital. Ms. Nelson joined Sutter Lakeside on May 4, 2009.
“I’m very happy to be a part of the Sutter Lakeside family.” stated Nelson. “The community has been very welcoming to me and my family. I love being in a small town and am looking forward to getting to know all of the great things Lake County has to offer.”
Ms. Nelson comes to Sutter Lakeside Hospital from the Sacramento Sierra Region of Sutter Health where she most recently has been serving as Chief Financial Officer for Sutter Amador Hospital. During her time there, Ms. Nelson served in a leadership role affecting a significant financial turnaround for the hospital, helped to broaden its community benefit program, and worked collaboratively with physicians and staff to achieve even stronger employee and patient satisfaction scores.
“Sutter Lakeside is a very strong organization with a demonstrated commitment to the community, providing clinical excellence and exceptional patient service. My goal,” explained Nelson, “is to work with the amazing team here to take this organization to the next level. Our focus has always been, and will continue to be, on the patients we serve: Striving to provide excellent care with a small town feel.”
Prior to joining Sutter Lakeside and Sutter Amador, Ms. Nelson served as Finance Director for the San Joaquin County Health Care Services Agency and Regional Director of Finance for St. Joseph’s Regional Health System in Stockton, CA. Ms. Nelson began her career in health care at Sutter-affiliated Novato Community Hospital and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Chico, and a Master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Southern California.
Ms. Nelson is married to husband Steve and has four children, all boys ages 6, 7, 18, and 20. The family is in the midst of selling their Jackson home to relocate to Lake County. In her spare time, Ms. Nelson enjoys boating, attending her children’s go-kart and midget races and playing in the garden.
“My husband is looking forward to exploring one of the best bass fishing lakes in the country. All of my boys love the water and enjoy boating and fishing. My 20 year, Bill, is racing is Midget this year and we plan on spending time at the local race tracks. Erik, my 7 year old, will be starting his 2nd year of outlaw go-kart racing this year and the 6 year old, Koby, is just itching to get started. My 18 year old, Matt, starts college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo this fall and plans on getting to know the community this summer.“
In addition to welcoming Ms. Nelson to her new role with Sutter Lakeside, we want to thank Avery Schlesenberg for his outstanding leadership of our hospital as Interim Administrator over the past several months.