Valley Presbyterian Hospital (VPH) today announced that David W. Fleming
has retired as chairman of the Board of Directors after more than 20
years in the role. Dr. Greg Kay, who serves as a board director, will
assume the role of chairman, effective Dec. 1.
David W. Fleming retires as Valley Presbyterian Hospital Board chair after more than 20 years of service. (Photo: Business Wire)
Fleming was elected to be a non-voting member of the board as chairman
emeritus. He was appointed to the VPH board in 1977 and served on the
bylaws and compensation committees. He was appointed chairman in 1988
and later became the hospital's first $1 million pledge. The Health
Education Center at VPH is named in honor of Fleming and his wife, Jean.
"It has been a privilege to lead this organization through very
challenging times in the health care industry," Fleming said. "Jean and
I will continue to support Valley Presbyterian Hospital with our time
and financial resources."
Fleming is counsel at Latham & Watkins, one of the world's largest law
firms. For the past 40 years, he has devoted more than 70,000 hours of
service to civic, community, charitable, and government organizations
and has won numerous local, regional, and national awards.
"I'm grateful to Dave for helping to guide this organization the past 24
years," said Gustavo Valdespino, president and CEO of VPH. "He has been
a great leader, and we appreciate the many contributions he and Jean
have made to position Valley Presbyterian Hospital to serve the
community through quality health care."
Dr. Kay, who was unanimously elected to succeed Fleming, has been a
member of the VPH board since 2006. He also serves on the senior
management team for Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc., a San Fernando
Valley-based international company.
Dr. Kay received his M.D. degree from Johns Hopkins University School of
Medicine and trained with one of the pioneers in cardiac surgery, Dr.
Denton Cooley, at the Texas Heart Institute at the Baylor School of
Medicine in Houston. Dr. Kay was regarded as one of the premier heart
surgeons in Los Angeles before he stopped practicing cardiac surgery in
2004. Dr. Kay and his father, Dr. Jerome H. Kay, pioneered techniques
for repairing rather than replacing heart valves - techniques that now
are accepted as standards of care by cardiac surgery centers across the
"I'm looking forward to helping the hospital transition through health
care reform as it continues to serve the critical health care needs of
the San Fernando Valley community," Dr. Kay said. "Dave was a great role
model, and I have big shoes to fill as I follow in his footsteps as
About Valley Presbyterian Hospital
Founded in 1958, Valley Presbyterian Hospital is a non-profit and
nonsectarian hospital serving the medical needs of the San Fernando
Valley community for more than 50 years. VPH has grown to become one of
the largest acute care hospitals in the San Fernando Valley and
continues to provide patient-centered care for a healthier community.
The 350-bed facility offers leading-edge technology and a full range of
medical services. With 500 physicians representing virtually every
specialty and most sub-specialties, VPH provides state-of-the-art
treatments to improve and save lives. For more information, visit www.valleypres.org
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