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Changes in Senior Leadership Structure

By Mark Gavens, John Jenrette, MD, Shlomo Melmed, MD, and Ed Prunchunas

One of the reasons for Cedars-Sinai’s success over the years is our ability to continually adapt our organizational structure to effectively address changes in the health care environment. As part of that endeavor, we are pleased to announce several changes in our senior leadership structure. These appointments will help us efficiently address the expanding geography and scope of Cedars-Sinai’s programs and services, and the important work of integrating clinical care across these sites.

Bryan Croft will be assuming a broader role in leading day-to-day operations of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center as Senior Vice President for Operations. In this new role, he will assume operational responsibility for all service line and clinical support services. Reporting to Bryan will be Vice President for Service Line Operations Joan August, as well as the successor to Bryan’s former position of Vice President for Service Line Operations and the successor to Vice President for Clinical Support Services Jeff Deeter. Bryan is beginning those two recruitments immediately. He will continue to report jointly to Mark Gavens and Shlomo Melmed, MD. Bryan joined Cedars-Sinai in 2010 as Vice President for Service Line Operations after serving in operating capacities at Methodist Hospital in Texas and Queen’s Medical Center in Hawaii. He has been instrumental in advancing our operations agenda and developing clinical programs and services, working closely with our chairs and medical staff leadership.

Reflecting the increasingly important responsibility of delivering high-quality nursing care to our patients and the development and support of the professional practice of nursing at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, our ambulatory care clinics, the Medical Network and Marina Del Rey Hospital, the Chief Nursing Officer/Health System Chief Nursing Executive position is being advanced from a Vice President to a Senior Vice President. This will apply to the incumbent, Linda Burnes Bolton, RN, PhD, FAAN, as well as her successor. The position will continue to report to Mark Gavens. As you know, Linda announced her retirement from the position last year, and will become our Chief Health Equity Officer upon the recruitment of her successor.

With the ongoing major expansion of the Medical Network, the role and responsibilities of its Chief Operating Officer have grown significantly. As a result, Jill Martin is being promoted to Senior Vice President. She will continue to report to John Jenrette, MD. Over the past few years, the operations of the Medical Network have added 10 new physician practices, created three joint venture outpatient surgery centers and opened four new primary care sites and two new urgent care centers. Since joining Cedars-Sinai in 1997, Jill has been a key member of its leadership team, helping to guide its growth, steward its resources and integrate its operations with the rest of Cedars-Sinai.

As a result of Ed Prunchunas taking on additional responsibilities in the last few years, David Wrigley’s role is being expanded to include not only his current responsibilities, but to encompass all of the Medical Center’s financial operations. Reflecting this change, he is being promoted to Senior Vice President for Finance. Patricia Kittell, Vice President for Patient Financial Services, will report to David. David joined Cedars-Sinai as Vice President for Finance in 2014, after serving in leadership positions at Presence Health (the largest Catholic health system in Illinois) and at the accounting firm KPMG. At Cedars-Sinai, he has had significant involvement in the acquisition of Marina del Rey Hospital and the 6500 Wilshire building, and the proposed Torrance Memorial affiliation.

Please join us in thanking these leaders for their past and future contributions to Cedars-Sinai, and congratulating them on their new roles.