David Benn, Longtime Regional Healthcare Leader, Announces Retirement
Longtime San Joaquin Valley regional healthcare leader David Benn, has announced plans to retire in January 2016.
“Dave’s focus has always centered on making a difference in patients’ lives and in improving the health of communities, particularly of those in the San Joaquin Valley,” said Todd Smith, M.D., a Modesto-orthopedic surgeon who serves as chair of the Sutter Health Board of Directors and who previously chaired the Sutter Health Central Valley board. “We will miss his presence, but his positive influence will continue on for many years across our network.”
Benn began his healthcare career with Memorial Hospitals Association (MHA) in 1976 after earning a bachelor’s degree from U.C. Davis. Following a brief period with another healthcare organization, he returned to MHA in 1985, becoming CEO in 1994.
Benn led the strategic decision and negotiations for Memorial Hospitals Association to affiliate with not-for-profit Sutter Health in 1996, and he became CEO of Sutter Health’s Central Valley Service Area hospitals in 1999. During the past six years as Sutter’s Central Valley Region president, he held the responsibility of aligning four affiliated organizations—Memorial Hospital Los Banos, Memorial Medical Center, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation—into an integrated regional healthcare provider network.
During his tenure with Sutter Health, Benn achieved notable accomplishments on behalf of patients and their families. He helped create the MediFlight Air Ambulance, which transports ill or injured patients to appropriate healthcare centers for treatment; directed the planning and building of the $180 million Memorial Medical Center North Tower in 2007; and set a course for future growth with the planning and building of Sutter Gould Medical Foundation care centers in Turlock and Tracy.
Benn’s dedication to the San Joaquin Valley community also included leadership roles supporting Community Hospice, Modesto Rotary, United Way of Stanislaus County and the March of Dimes.
“Dave was destined to work in healthcare,” said Sarah Krevans, president and chief operating officer of Sutter Health. “His father was a family physician, and he learned first from his parents, who were original members of MHA, the significant positive impact of community-based healthcare. We are so fortunate to have worked with him and for all the ways he demonstrated the importance of community service.”