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Paul S. Viviano Named Children’s Hospital Los Angeles New President/CEO

Paul S. Viviano

Posted: Monday, July 20, 2015 – 7:27 PM

The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) board of trustees has announced that Paul S. Viviano, currently the University of California, San Diego Health System CEO and associate vice chancellor for UC San Diego Health Sciences, will serve as the organization’s new president/CEO beginning Aug. 24.

Viviano, who will be a member of the hospital’s board, will succeed Richard D. Cordova, FACHE, who announced his retirement last December.

Viviano has a reputation for strategic leadership and excellence in delivering on the mission of an academic medical center while aligning institutional models for the future of health care, say Arnie Kleiner and Lynda Boone Fetter, board co-chairs.“We have every confidence that he will offer the invaluable leadership and vision that will move our 114-year-old institution to the next level of excellence in pediatric care.””

Current President/CEO Cordova, joined the organization in 2005 and assumed his current role in 2006. Cordova’s pending retirement was announced by the board last year.

“Children’s Hospital Los Angeles senior leaders made an excellent decision,” says Cordova. Viviano was selected following a comprehensive national search. “It has been an incredible privilege to serve at the helm of the best children’s hospital in the nation, and I wish Paul Viviano well as he continues to build upon CHLA’s history of success as the preeminent pediatric medical facility in the state,” says Cordova.

Viviano was attracted to CHLA, he says, “because of its commitment to patient care, education and research, as well as its investment in technology, service to its community and a longstanding mission to improve the health care of children around the nation and the world. I want to expand on CHLA’s significant contributions in all aspects of pediatric care” says Viviano.“I look forward to working with the board as well as the faculty and staff to fulfill our mission and achieve our goals.””

Viviano has served in numerous executive leadership capacities in health care organizations in Southern California. Before his service at UC San Diego, he served as chairman of the board and CEO of Alliance HealthCare Services, the nation’s largest provider of advanced outpatient imaging services. Before that, he served as president/CEO of USC University Hospital (Keck Medical Center) and USC Norris Cancer Hospital and prior still, held multiple executive posts in the St. Joseph Health System.

An L.A. native, Viviano has a master’s degree in public administration with a focus on public health from UCLA and a bachelor’s in political science from the UC Santa Barbara.

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