James E. Conforti Named Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Medical Center
MODESTO, Calif., Mar. 31, 2009 - David P. Benn, President of Sutter Health’s Central Valley Region, announced yesterday that James E. Conforti has been named Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Medical Center. In his position as CEO, Conforti will be responsible for all operational, administrative and strategic activities at the medical center.
“Memorial Medical Center has proudly served the community for many years,” Conforti said. “I look forward to building on that legacy as we move the organization forward in new ways to serve our patients and the community. I plan to work closely with the physicians and staff at this exceptional hospital to continue to enhance patient care quality, exceed our patient’s service expectations and provide for the healthcare needs of the communities we serve.”
Conforti has been Chief Executive Officer of Sutter Gould Medical Foundation for the past four years. Under his leadership, Sutter Gould improved clinic operations, increased patient, provider and employee satisfaction and received statewide recognition through the 2008 Ronald P. Bangasser Award for Quality Improvement from IHA for most significant improvement in P4P. During this time, Sutter Gould also experienced unprecedented growth, adding physician providers and opening care centers throughout San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced Counties. Sutter Gould Medical Foundation now consists of 240 providers and 1200 foundation employees in 25 clinic locations.
“James understands the distinctive challenges of this health care market and I'm confident he will provide the vision and leadership for Memorial’s continued success,” said David Benn, President of Sutter Health’s Central Valley Region. “Both the Memorial Medical Center Board of Directors and I believe that James is the ideal person to take Memorial forward into the future.”
Conforti brings to the position almost twenty-five years of leadership and management experience in a variety of health care settings including multi-specialty group practices, academic medical centers, integrated health systems, and corporate staff. He has worked for Sutter Health for twelve years, formerly serving as CEO of Sutter North Medical Foundation in Yuba City, California and as Regional Director of Managed Care and Business Development in the Central Valley. Prior to working for Sutter Health, he held positions at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland, in addition to Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Letterman Army Medical Center while serving as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps.
Conforti holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Washington in Seattle and a Master’s degree in Health Science, Health Finance and Management from the Johns Hopkins University. His professional associations include the American College of Healthcare Executives, Medical Group Management Association and the American College of Medical Practice Executives. Additionally, his community involvement includes leadership roles with Rotary International and the American Cancer Society.
Memorial is part of Sutter Health, a family of not-for-profit hospitals, physician organizations and other medical services that share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. Serving more than 100 communities in Northern California, Sutter Health is a regional leader in cardiac care, cancer treatment, orthopedics, obstetrics, and newborn intensive care, and is a pioneer in advanced patient safety technology.
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