Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) announced Monday that its president and CEO, Richard D. Cordova, intends to retire.
The hospital will engage in a national search to identify a successor. Cordova joined CHLA on April 25, 2005 as president and chief operating officer and assumed the role of president and CEO and member of the CHLA Board of Trustees one year later on April 1, 2006.
“I am grateful to have spent the last ten years of my career with an organization that is committed to its mission of creating hope and building healthier futures for children,” Cordova said. “As a professional, I have enjoyed leading nonprofit health care organizations. It has been my distinct privilege to participate in the strategic investments that CHLA has made in the future of health care for children. Being able to make such a significant impact — treating nearly 107,000 children every year for critical illnesses and life-threatening injuries, researching the next generation of cures to resolve their health issues and training the next generation of medical providers — has been incredibly gratifying.”
During his tenure at CHLA, Cordova was responsible for charting a course of growth and expansion for the organization, leading a team that successfully completed the first $1 billion fundraising campaign for a freestanding pediatric medical center; constructed and moved patients into the Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion; regionalized the institution’s services, developing and opening four new ambulatory care centers in neighborhoods where families need pediatric specialty care most; and enhanced CHLA’s clinical and research efforts by solidifying the institution’s partnership with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.
“My fellow Trustees and I take great comfort in knowing that Cordova and his senior leadership team have outlined a vision for CHLA that will guide it for many years to come, said Ted Samuels, co-chair of the CHLA Board of Trustees.
Cordova is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE), former governor and currently chair-elect for the organization. He will begin service as chair in March 2015.
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