Margaret R. Peterson, Ph.D., R.N., has been named President of Dignity
Health - California Hospital Medical Center. Effective March 24, 2014,
Peterson will lead the 318-bed acute care hospital located at 1401 South
Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles.
"We are extremely fortunate to have an executive of her caliber assume
leadership of the medical center at such a key time," said Steve Barron,
senior vice president of operations for Dignity Health - Southern
California East. "Margaret's vast experience and expertise will help
guide California Hospital as it continues to address the challenges of
the current healthcare environment."
Peterson began her career as a registered nurse. She earned a Master of
Science in Nursing from The Catholic University of America in
Washington, D.C., and a Doctor of Philosophy in Administration from
Miami University in Ohio. She has served in executive leadership roles
over the past several years. Most recently, she was chief executive
officer (CEO) at Desert Valley Hospital and Desert Valley Medical Group
in Victorville, California, where she led expansion eforts that
included the opening of a comprehensive heart center. Prior to that,
Peterson was CEO of Victor Valley Community Hospital and Simi Valley
Hospital and Health Care Services in Simi Valley, California. She has
also held executive leadership positions at hospitals in the states of
Louisiana and Maryland.
A results-oriented leader, Peterson understands the important role that
a safety-net hospital plays in the well-being of the community it
serves. She is mission-driven and has hands-on community relations
experience. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated her commitment
to excellence in patient care through strategic partnerships with the
American Heart Association and other notable organizations.
"It is an exciting time for downtown Los Angeles," said new President
Peterson. "California Hospital Medical Center has a wonderful
opportunity to be the hospital of choice for the influx of new residents
and professionals moving into this area. I look forward to introducing
them to our hospital's outstanding services, while we continue to care
for the families who have relied on us for generations. I will work
closely with our hospital team and community partners to ensure CHMC's
continued growth as our neighborhood blossoms."
About Dignity Health - California Hospital
Dignity Health - California Hospital Medical Center (CHMC) is located in
the heart of Los Angeles, California. The 318-bed acute care hospital
has been providing high quality, indispensible care for more than 126
years. A vital community resource, CHMC is known for its wide range of
specialty care, from Orthopedics and Surgical Services to Women's Health
and Maternal Child Care. It is also the only Level II Trauma Center in
downtown Los Angeles, one of the country's most vibrant and growing
cities. For more information, please visit www.chmcla.org.
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