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St. John’s Health Center Announces New Leadership Team

Mike Wall And Ken Meehan

St. John’s Health Center has announced the appointment of Mike Wall as acting president/CEO, Ken Meehan as acting COO and Patrick Lash as acting senior financial administrator of the hospital.

“These new leaders bring a track record of quality and operational improvement that will help position St. John’s for long-term sustainability in a uniquely competitive market,” said Sarah Phelan, St. John’s manager of communications. “We are excited about the experience these leaders will bring to the hospital and the community.

“These changes will help us further our mission of providing high-quality, compassionate, person-centered care to all who walk through St. John’s doors,” Phelan added.

• Wall brings extensive experience in hospital leadership and physician relations to his new role.

For the past 35 years, Wall has worked in hospital administration at facilities across California.

Most recently, Wall spent more than a decade as the president/CEO of Northridge Hospital Medical Center, a 411-bed facility in Northridge.

During his time at Northridge, Wall significantly increased the hospital’s operating income and cash flow, improved employee satisfaction by nearly 40 percent and led the hospital to being named “The Best Place to Work in Los Angeles” by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Before his leadership post at Northridge, Wall was CEO at two other California medical centers.

Wall is a fellow with the American College of Health Care Executives as well as a current board member for the Economic Alliance of San Fernando Valley and the Valley Industry Commerce Association.

In 1997, he was honored as the American Heart Association Man of the Year.

• Meehan joined St. John’s as the acting COO this year after spending more than 30 years working in operations and finance for California-based John Muir Health.

Most recently, Meehan was the executive vice president of John Muir Health’s hospital division, comprised of three inpatient medical centers, a lab and four outpatient ancillary centers.

During his time as executive vice president, Meehan developed a 10-year strategic plan and implemented a successful performance improvement infrastructure.

Before that, Meehan was the president of John Muir Medical Center, a 425-bed acute care facility in Walnut Creek.

With expertise in hospital finance and operations, Meehan is a current board member of the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, the Voluntary Hospitals of America and the BETA Healthcare Group.

• Lash brings extensive experience in hospital finance to his role as acting senior financial administrator of St. John’s Health Center.

After excelling as the chief financial officer at several medical centers in California and Hawaii, Lash shifted into the world of consulting where he has acted as interim chief financial officer for multiple hospitals and health systems in transition and managed several successful turnarounds of hospitals across the nation.

In addition to being a CPA, Lash is a fellow with the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

He is also a member of the American Institute of CPA’s and a finisher of the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

As part of this shift in leadership, the St. John’s Health Center board of directors was also reorganized.

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