Community Memorial Hospital Selects New President and CEO

February 27, 2004
Santa Paula News
The Board of Trustees of Community Memorial Hospital announced today the appointment of Gary Wilde as the Hospital’s new President and CEO. Mr. Wilde will begin his duties at the Ventura hospital April 5th. Kenneth Strople will remain as Interim Executive Director until Mr. Wilde’s arrival, and Mr. Strople will continue as Associate Executive Director after April 5th.Mr. Wilde, a Ventura resident, comes to CMH from his current job as the Chief Operating Officer of Cottage Health System in Santa Barbara.“We are looking forward to Gary Wilde joining our administrative team and providing the guidance we need into the future,” said Gary Wolfe, Vice President of the CMH Board of Trustees. “We look forward to a continuing successful era for CMH in providing excellent healthcare to our community.”Mr. Wilde brings to CMH a wealth of experience in hospital management and leadership. He began his career at Cottage Hospital in 1982 as an administrative resident from the Arizona State University Master’s Degree program in Health Services Administration. Following his educational residency, Mr. Wilde officially began his career at Cottage, first in Nursing Services and then in Administration. At one time or another, Mr. Wilde has been responsible for almost every department at Cottage.In 1993, Mr. Wilde was promoted to Senior Vice President for Clinical Services, and in 2000 he was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In that role, Mr. Wilde has been responsible for the daily operations at the three Cottage Hospital campuses, as well as materials management, information technology, and the Facilities Master Plan.
The addition of Mr. Wilde to the CMH team is another example of the not-for-profit community hospital’s long tradition of striving for and providing the highest quality of healthcare to all community members.“We are confident that Mr. Wilde will continue that tradition with his leadership,” said Mr. Wolfe.

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